A bill – SB 182 – introduced in the Senate would expand South Dakota’s existing hospital pricing Web site (hospitalpricing.sd.gov) by adding outpatient procedures to the existing inpatient data, reports Argus Leader.
The Web site currently lists prices for the top 25 inpatient procedures at each of the state’s hospitals.
Under the bill, all hospitals, clinics, specialty hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the state would be required to report the outpatient data.
The bill would require the state health department to work with the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, which collects the inpatient data, to establish which data should be included and which outpatient procedures should be tracked. The expanded Web site would launch by June 1, 2009, and be updated annually.
The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate’s health and human services committee and now moves to the full Senate for debate.