Assess the Report Cards

The National Quality Forum says a good, reliable healthcare report card should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • check Transparency: Does the report share details about how it arrived at its results?
  • check Evidence-based measures: Are the measures based on scientific research?
  • check Most current data: Is the information current – ideally within one to two years?
  • check Risk-adjusted data: Is the data adjusted to account for circumstances that can affect its accuracy – for example, the age of the patients, or whether they had other serious health conditions?
  • check Data quality: Is there a reliable process to review, edit and correct data to ensure the highest accuracy?
  • check Preview period: Do the healthcare organizations listed have an opportunity to preview the data before it is finalized to discuss errors or unusual circumstances that make the information misleading to consumers?

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