Selected research from leading health care experts whose findings have a direct bearing on public policies effecting medical progress. Research is chosen based on its quality and relevance by the Medical Progress Today editorial staff.

Selected Research

The Role of Information in Medical Markets: An Analysis of Publicly Reported Outcomes
David M. Cutler, Robert S. Huckman, Mary Beth Landrum, NBER Working Paper, 5-4-04

Imagine, for a moment, that you are an employer considering two different health care insurance plans for your employees. Both firms offer nearly identical services, but one is less expensive than the other. Do you take the less expensive offer? Or do you ask yourself which set of services is better designed to offer quality care for your employees?

Unfortunately, comparative information on health care providers is largely absent, although this study shows why everyone with an interest in lowering health care costs and improving patient health should push harder to make risk-adjusted patient outcomes publicly available. In New York, the Cardiac Surgery Reporting System, which reports patient outcomes across hospitals, has affected both the volume of cardiac cases referred to high quality facilities and provided incentives for lagging performers to improve services.

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