All but 10 of the 50 U.S. states have failed to find ways to provide their residents with meaningful information on physician quality.

That's the shocking tale told by the "50 State Report Card on Physician Quality Transparency" released by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

The Institute performed a rigorous study of available information related to physician quality and transparency — a topic that, it noted, has been around for nearly 15 years with little to show for the effort.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.