Blog | Tuesday, May 11, 2010

QD--News Every Day: What's made clearer in a transparent health system?

Congressional Democrats want more transparency in health care, believing it would further drive down the cost of care. Hoping to drive competition, some lawmakers are grumbling to force doctors to reveal business negotiations between them and drug and device makers. Opponents worry that manipulating economics would backfire. If everyone knows their competitor's business, why bother negotiating lower prices? (Politico)

But, transparency worked in Wisconsin, not in business dealings but in reporting outcomes. By voluntarily revealing clinical outcomes on the Web, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality was able to spur low-performing hospitals to improve, high-performing facilities to eliminate tests that didn't improve outcomes, and create an informed health care consumer with choices where to receive care. (The Fiscal Times)