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Report Cards on State Price Transparency Laws

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NCSL,org writes: Report Cards on State Price Transparency Laws  – The Catalyst for Payment Reform and Health Care Incentives Improvements Institute released two reports: in March  2014: Report Card on State Transparency Laws [84 pages, PDF] and an earlier 2013: Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws on March 18, 2013. Both includes  table of state laws, with the scope of providers who report, prices, services and levels of transparency. The report notes that the objective of the research “was to determine how much pricing information each state makes accessible to the consumer.”   Read more at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/transparency-and-disclosure-health-costs.aspx

Examples of State Health Price Information Disclosure Websites

  • California’s Common Surgeries and Price Comparison is a website allowing healthcare consumers to view and compare the price of 28 common elective inpatient procedures at hospitals across California.
  • Florida has established a Website that enables consumers to obtain data on hospitals’ charges and readmission rates (http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/CompareCare/SelectChoice.aspx).
  • Maryland’s Health Care Commission provides consumers with an online hospital pricing guide that lists, for each acute care hospital in Maryland, the number of cases, the average charge per case, and the average charge per day for the 15 most common diagnoses.
  • Oregon’s website “Oregon Pricepoint,” is sponsored and maintained by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and allows health care consumers to receive basic, facility-specific information about services and charges.
  • New Jersey launched www.njhospitalpricecompare.com to help consumers make informed choices regarding price and quality of hospital services in New Jersey.
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