This “patient charter” developed by the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project (now the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance) describes a set of principles for measuring, reporting, and tiering physician quality performance from a patient/consumer perspective. The charter has been endorsed by AARP, the National Partnership for Women & Families, AFL-CIO, Leapfrog Group, Pacific Business Group on Health, and National Business Coalition on Health. The principles are:
- Measures should be meaningful to consumers and reflect a diverse array of physician clinical activities.
- Physicians and physician organizations being measured should be actively involved.
- Measures and methodology should be transparent and valid.
- Measures should be based on national standards to the greatest extent possible.
The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance is a collaboration of leading consumer, employer, and labor groups working together to promote the use of performance measurement in health care to inform consumer choice, value-based purchasing, and payment. The Alliance is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with support from participating organizations.