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MA Web site to compare hospital fees delayed

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The launch of State Web site that would reveal what insurers actually pay specific hospitals for common medical procedures in Massachusetts has been delayed indefinitely, reports Boston Business Journal. The delay stems from the complex system insurers use to pay hospitals.

The Web site would assist consumers who have to pay high insurance deductibles shop for the best deals for as many as 40 procedures. They include cardiac surgery or every day events like baby deliveries. Other hospitals and even legislators, in turn, are likely to use the site to compare what providers are paid for each procedure — information that has never been made public before.

The Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council hope the site can move forward by the fall but is not targeting a specific date.

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