HCS/588 WEEKLY DISCUSSION - 26429

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What benefits and risks might health care organizations encounter when releasing quality measurement data to the public?

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What benefits and risks might health care organizations encounter when releasing quality measurement data to the public?

 

Outcome evaluation of mortality data and improvements of care in hospitals make the public release of quality information an important tactic. The reporting of quality data increases transparency of providers’ performance. This allows patients to identify and choose high-quality physicians (Werner & Asch 2005) and potentially increase revenues for the organization. The public availability of data public motivates the organization to produce better quality measure outcomes. "There is  power in using measures and databases to inform …and the ways data can be used to influence changes and improvements in the delivery of care and the utilization of resources" (Dlugacz, 2006, p. 118). The amount and type of data being publicly reported has increased the accountability of health care providers. Technology enhancements have led to the ability to collect more information t