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March 1, 1995

Why Has 'Historic' Public Disclosure of Hospital Performance Data Attracted So Little Attention?

JAMA. 1995;273(9):689-690. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520330019008

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CONSUMERS, COMPETITORS, and payers aren't exactly rushing to snap up the first national reports on hospital performance.

"After a huge amount of hullabaloo nationally, this has become a great nonevent," says Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, president of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Two years ago, when the Joint Commission announced plans to permit public access to some of the information it compiles during the accreditation process, the move was called historic. But during the first 6 weeks that the reports became available, 97 callers placed orders for 167 of the performance profiles.

"This is bearing out my expectations," O'Leary adds.

Measuring Hospital Performance  The Joint Commission accredits more than 5200 hospitals and 6000 other health care organizations nationwide. Performance reports currently are available for only about 850 hospitals because they're produced according to the Commission's 3-year accreditation cycle. Reports for all Joint Commission—accredited facilities will be completed

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