AHRQ Study Examines Impact of Regulation and Report Cards
An AHRQ-funded study published in this year’s Annual Review of Public Health examines and contrasts the effects of regulation and public reporting of the quality of care by various providers, including nursing homes, hospitals and physicians. “Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches to Health Care Quality: The Impacts of Regulation and Report Cards” is a literature review that explores the effects of both approaches on provider and consumer behavior. The study finds that both approaches can lead to positive impacts as well as some unintended consequences. The study also outlines research gaps that could help inform future research efforts.