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Call for Greater Transparency of Real Pricing, Patient Access to Medical Records

An interesting article in RealClearHealth.com calls for greater accountability in the form of price transparency and full access by patients to their medical records. The author, David Balat of the Right on Healthcare initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, writes of a National Center for Health Statistics alert dated March 24, “a newly-introduced ICD code has been implemented to accurately capture mortality data for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on death certificates.” Hospitals also use these ICD codes for billing purposes when submitting claims to government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as private insurers.

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