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Updated: July 15, 2008
National Business Coalition On Health Endorses Patient Charter

The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a non-profit, membership association of 60 business and health coalitions, representing a national network of 7,000 employers and 34 million covered lives, said it is supporting the Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting, and Tiering Programs.

The Patient Charter has been developed by a group of leading employer, consumer and labor organizations including NBCH, working toward a common goal to ensure that all Americans have access to publicly reported healthcare performance information.

The Patient Charter establishes specific criteria for health plans developing physician performance measurement programs to ensure the integrity, validity and fairness of these important initiatives.

The Patient Charter then calls on any health plan that is developing programs to evaluate and rate physicians – programs that NBCH and its member coalitions have asked for – to undergo acomprehensive independent review.

"Public reporting of physician performance is central to healthcare system improvement and empowering consumers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their physicians and the care they receive," said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of NBCH. "Independent review is necessary to help build public trust and confidence in the physician measurement, incentives and reporting initiatives that health plans are generating throughout the nation. We encourage employers, as purchasers of healthcare, to ensure that their contracted health plans comply with the provisions of the Patient Charter."

NBCH said it is also committed to promoting the Patient Charter by integrating charter requirements into eValue8, the common request for information. eValue8 was created by NBCH for member coalitions and the employer community to assess the performance of health plans. Currently used by 20 coalitions and hundreds of leading corporations to measure the performance of 200 health plans, eValue8 will be modified to make clear that the employer community expects health plans to comply with the Patient Charter.

Address: National Business Coalition on Health, 1015 18th St. NW, Suite 730, Washington DC 20036; (202) 775-9300, www.nbch.org.


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