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HHS Secretary Leavitt calls for 'Travelocity for health care'

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iHealthBeat: Last week, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt called for a “Travelocity for health care,” a system that would give physicians a quality grade and detail how much they charge for services.

Leavitt said that consumers could use the system to compare physicians’ abilities and prices online as they do when making other purchases. Such a Web site is still years away, but it could mean big technology investments for small physician offices and underscore the need to establish national standards for medical care.

The idea is that Medicare could use electronic health record data to grade physicians rather than insurance information to produce more accurate grades.

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