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:

  1. Measures should be meaningful to consumers and reflect a diverse array of physician clinical activities.
  2. Physicians and physician organizations being measured should be actively involved.
  3. Measures and methodology should be transparent and valid.
  4. 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.

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