This article is more evidence that public reporting of physician reporting improves performance. The study design compared other upper midwest healthcare providers with Wisconsin providers that reported data to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ). The results indicate that the WCHQ members improved performance faster and farther than the organizations that are not publicly reporting.
As I point out in Potent Medicine, the combination of public reporting combined with paying for value will encourage healthcare providers to redesign care. When all three of these components are in place, the industry will begin to change. I would encourage healthcare researchers to address all three of these components in the next research design.
You can access the article's abstract at: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/3/536.abstract