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Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws

July 8, 2015
By Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform

In this year’s Report Card the researchers reviewed whether states had passed laws or regulations requiring health care price information be made public.

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In this year’s Report Card the researchers reviewed whether states had passed laws or regulations requiring health care price information be made public. The researchers also examined how well those laws were being put into action by providing residents with access to meaningful price information through public websites and the use of all-payer claims databases (APCDs) as data sources for those sites. They discussed the important role for APCDs in Appendix II. The results show few changes since last year’s report with 90 percent of states failing to provide adequate price information to consumers.

Despite the result, the researchers say it wouldn’t take much to change the status quo. For instance, states like Connecticut and New York are still assembling their all-payer claims databases and working on consumer-facing websites. Also, Maryland is in the process of embarking on a significant effort to publish prices on health care services, and Washington State just enacted new laws. The researchers expect continued progress, albeit at a slow pace.

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