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September 20, 2010
(Washington) In a policy paper released today the American
College of Physicians reaffirmed its support for increased health
care transparency. Healthcare
Transparency-Focus on Price and Clinical Performance
Information, the first paper in a series of policy papers about
transparency, is an introduction and overview of the issues and
challenges faced with increased health care transparency.
"We believe that increasing transparency in the health care
system can be beneficial to both patients and physicians," said J.
Fred Raslton, Jr., MD, FACP, president of ACP. "However, unless the
transparency information that is collected meets certain criteria
it will not accomplish the goal of improving health care."
The college believes that for the potential benefits of health
care transparency to be realized the reported information must
The policy paper lays out 13 new recommendations for how these
goals for health care transparency can be met. The recommendations
are broken into two different areas of transparency information:
price transparency and clinical performance transparency.
In increasing the use of price transparency, the College
believes that the following recommendations are essential:
In increasing the use of clinical performance transparency, the
College advocates that the following recommendations:
"Until they have access to accurate and useful information about
what they are purchasing, both regarding price and clinical
performance, concluded Dr. Ralston, "patients will not have the
ability to make truly informed decisions regarding their health
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physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000
internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists,
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