A new report compiled by a
consortium of Iowa employers found that the quality of Iowa's health care is
high when compared with other states, but that quality varies widely depending
on where people receive care.
Also, consumer data about Iowa
physicians and physician groups is virtually non-existent, according to Health
Policy Corporation of Iowa (HPCI), a consortium of 20 large self-insured Iowa
The organization has compiled a 36-page factbook, a "Chartbook
of the Quality and Financial Performance of the Health Industry in the Greater
Iowa Area," which details a number of measures of the health-care industry
in Iowa and its surrounding markets.
"We were surprised at how
little information there was about physicians or physician groups about quality
or cost," said Paul Pietzsch, president of HPCI, whose members represent
20 large self-insured companies in the state, among them Hy-Vee Inc., CDS
Global and American Enterprise Group Inc.
The report, which HPCI is distributing free on
its website as well as in print form, contains data from a number of national
and state resources related to health insurance costs, insurance companies'
market share and health-care quality measures. Pietzsch said his organization
hopes the first report will provide a benchmark for future updates.