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The impact of public performance reporting on health plan selection and switching: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Margaret Kelaher, Khic-Houy Prang, Hana Sabanovic and David Dunt

Health Policy, 2019, vol. 123, issue 1, 62-70

Abstract: The dissemination of public performance reporting (PPR) cards aims to increase utilisation of information on quality of care by consumers when making health plan choices. However, evaluations of PPR cards show that they have little impact on consumer choices. The aim of this study is to undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of PPR cards in promoting health plan selection and switching between health plans by consumers. We searched five online databases and eight previous reviews for studies reporting findings on PPR and health plans. We extracted data and conducted quality assessment, systematic critical synthesis and meta-analyses on the included studies. We identified eight relevant health plan articles related to selection (n = 2), switching (n = 4), selection/switching (n = 2). Meta-analyses showed that PPR was associated with an improvement in health plan selection and a very small deterioration in switching health plans though these changes were not statistically significant. Differences were observed between employer-sponsored health insurance and Medicare/Medicaid insurance. Given the small number of studies included in the review, further research examining the impact of PPR on health plan selection and switching in a range of insurance markets is required.

Keywords: Public performance reporting; Health plan; Systematic review; Meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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