Employer-specific versus community-wide report cards: Is there a difference?

David J Knutson, Jinnet B. Fowles, Michael Finch, Jeanne McGee, Nanette Dahms, Elizabeth A. Kind, Susan Adlis

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This article describes preliminary results from a natural experiment that tested the impact of report cards on employees. As part of the 1995 enrollment process, some members of the State of Minnesota Employee Group Insurance Program received report cards on the plans offered to them, and others did not. Both groups of employees had a chance to review a second community-wide report card covering all Minnesota plans that had been distributed by an independent organization through local newspapers. Both groups were surveyed before and after they made their health plan selections. We compare the likelihood of seeing, the intensity of reading, and the perceived helpfulness of the first, employer-specific report card with the second, community-wide report card for consumers who make plan selections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-125
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Care Financing Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

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