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Report: Arizona earns failing grade in area of physician transparency

At least Arizona has plenty of company.

The Grand Canyon State was one of 40 U.S. states to receive an F grade in the second-annual State Report Card on Transparency of Physician Quality Information released by Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, a nonprofit organization created to improve the national healthcare system.

The report graded every state on its percentage of clinicians with transparent quality information, as well as accessibility of information. Arizona received very low grades in both categories.

According to the institute, this year’s report “illustrates the divide that continues to separate states that take the protection and rights of consumers seriously with those that seem to believe that market opacity is perfectly OK.”

Washington and Minnesota were the only two states to earn an A grade in the report.

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