Study: Doctors Improve Care Quality When They Know Someone Is Watching

A new report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality finds that “tracking the quality of care truly prods physicians to change the way they practice.” Researchers found that “doctors were more likely to follow guidelines and to contact patients due for tests once their performance was publicly reported” and as a result, quality of care “improved overall in every measure, such as monitoring a diabetes patient’s kidney function, which was tracked for more than two years.” The Affordable Care Act makes a substantial investment in improving care quality and reporting.