Author Affiliations: Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, the Division of General Medicine (Section on Health Services and Policy Research), Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
Public reporting on the quality of health care in the United States
has become the most visible of national efforts to manage quality of health
care.1 Numerous publications including US News & World Report and Consumer
Reports now identify annually the "100 best hospitals" or highest quality
health plans. The National Committee on Quality Assurance, which is the largest
accreditor of health plans, and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation
of Health Care Organizations, which accredits more than 18,000 health care
provider organizations, have both established programs that will incorporate
publicly reported performance data as accreditation criteria.
Epstein AM. Public Release of Performance DataA Progress Report From the Front. JAMA. 2000;283(14):1884-1886. doi:10.1001/jama.283.14.1884