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Physicians urged to review, comment on public reporting website

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) recently launched an initiative to assist patients in their health care decision making via a new public reporting website. The Wisconsin Medical Society is urging physicians and health system leaders to review the online tool and share their feedback with WHIO and the Society before it is made available to the general public in October.

The website features clinic-level data about cost and quality performance for any practice site with three or more physicians in family practice, or three or more physicians in internal medicine or three or more pediatricians who have 150 or more completed episodes of care. If a practice site meets this eligibility threshold, it is imperative that WHIO and the Society receive input on both the quality and efficiency report (Buck E. Badger report) and the website.

As a founding member of WHIO, the Society supports this endeavor. In cooperation with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Society this week provided pediatricians, family and internal medicine physicians, and health system leaders with information about the initiative. Before this public reporting tool goes live (on or about October 1, 2013), it is very important that the website is tested with physicians as well as consumers.

Questions should be directed to Jo Musser, chief executive officer of WHIO, via e-mail or by calling 608.512.8373 and Cindy Helstad, PhD, the Society’s director of research, via e-mail or by calling 866.442.3800.

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