Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Today the world is more transparent than ever before. Smartphones, the web, digital analytics, and social media continue to transform every activity of modern life, from moviegoing to manufacturing to hailing a cab. But in health care, the transparency revolution got a late start. Over the past decade momentum has built, and today consumers can access ratings and reviews of health care providers from hundreds of sources online.
Yet transparency in health care still has a long way to go.
Much information of value to consumers remains suppressed from public reporting. And some that is publicly reported is not as meaningful or valid as it should be. We are still learning best practices for communicating effectively with consumers and persuading them to use the information to drive change. Providers and hospitals struggle to make meaning of this new transparency, in some cases using ratings to galvanize quality improvement campaigns, and in other cases scrutinizing measures to improve fairness and accuracy.
The momentum for transparency is here to stay, but where it goes is up to all of us. Will transparency transform health care for the better?
The Leapfrog Group is proud to host the first National Health Care Ratings Summit, welcoming the leaders who can guide us through this new transparent world. We will benefit from the insights of top leaders among employers, providers, ratings organizations, payors, policymakers, and consumer advocates, who will bring us two days of thought-provoking discussion to set a positive direction for the future.
Interest in the Summit has been very strong, so we encourage you to register early to ensure your seat at the table for this first-of-its-kind event for the leaders of the 21st century health care. We look forward to seeing you this December.
Board and Staff of The Leapfrog Group
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Summit will bring together purchasers, providers, payers and consumer advocates to explore best practices for engaging consumers in using health care ratings effectively, as well as strategies for providers that use ratings for improvement. Speakers include leaders of the ratings agencies themselves as well as quality measurement experts, health system leaders, purchasing executives from Fortune 100 companies and disruptors driving positive change.