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J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Apr 8;63(13):1239-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2013.11.050. Epub 2014 Feb 5.

Public reporting of clinical quality data: an update for cardiovascular specialists.

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  • 1Texas A&M Health Science Center, Division of Cardiology, Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple, Texas. Electronic address:
  • 2Mercy Health, Chesterfield, Missouri.
  • 3Department of Medicine and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
  • 4Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado.
  • 5Denver VA Medical Center, Denver, Colorado.
  • 6American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC.
  • 7American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC; Department of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.


Public reporting of hospital and individual provider quality of care measures is not a new concept. In the United States, the first national public reports of hospital mortality data occurred in 1986, and detailed physician-level data for cardiac surgery are now reported in 4 states. The development of the "Hospital Compare," and more recently, the "Physician Compare" websites has further expanded public reporting for hospitals and providers. Several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Cardiology, have published policy statements articulating key principles to guide the public reporting process. Despite the rapid proliferation of public reporting efforts, more research is needed to better define meaningful measures to report and fully understand the impact of public reporting on healthcare delivery.

Copyright © 2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


healthcare reform; outcomes; public reporting; quality

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