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Oregon's first health care provider: Kaiser Permanente reporting quality information on outpatient medical offices

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: Kaiser Posts Quality Information About Oregon Clinics Online

Kaiser Permanente became the first Oregon health care provider to publish quality information about its outpatient medical offices.

The online report compares clinics on nine quality measures. Such measures include: child immunization rates, diabetic blood sugar control, and breast and cervical cancer screenings for women.

The report does not identify ratings for individual medical providers.

The Business Journal states that the Kaiser’s transparency effort comes about one year ahead of a regional effort to publish quality data about medical offices in the state. The not-for-profit Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation is collecting data from health plans and other groups. In 2009, they plan to post quality data for individual clinics online.

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