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News Roundup: Doc Pay, Quality Reporting, and a Tough New Law

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2014

Now public, the report is modeled after a similar one used by Louisville, KY-based Norton Healthcare, one of the state's largest healthcare systems with five hospitals and 90 physician practice locations. It's also where Varga was CMO in 2005 when the system developed its quality report.

With nearly a decade of data and practice at developing quality reports, Norton's includes information on 23 indicators, and is interactive. Texas Health Resources says it anticipates having the same interactive functionality for its report by October.

Even though the aim of the public quality report is to be transparent to the public, Varga says Texas Health Resources is also a big beneficiary of the information. "We are as big an audience for this report as the community is," he says.

Leapfrog's CEO and President Leah Binder told me reports like the ones produced by Norton and now Texas Health Resources are a good step toward being more transparent, but she still considers them "ads."

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