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Ohio Department of Health to publish quality, cost information online

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A state law in Ohio (2006)requires hospitals to provide quality and pricing information to the Ohio Department of Health. The DOH plan to release a consumer-friendly Web site, called Ohio Hospital Compare (located on www.odh.ohio.gov), with this information on Jan 1, 2010.

The site will feature more than 100 quality measures, including mortality and infection rates and how often specific medical procedures are performed at a hospital.

The Web site also will link to lists of hospital charges, but they won’t be in an easy-to-use format until the end of 2010. At that time, consumers will be able to compare charges such as for private and semiprivate rooms, the 30 most-common X-rays, and services in emergency, operating and delivery rooms.

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