Concern over spiraling medical costs is prompting the Bush administration to roll out a plan to help employers give workers basic information on the cost and quality of care at hospitals in key cities. Under the plan, patients could find out ahead of time how much a procedure costs and which hospitals do the best job.
That's according to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, who offered more details of the plan at a healthcare technology symposium in Nashville. Leavitt's comments expanded on remarks he made to the Commonwealth Club of California in March, when he announced that Medicare and other government healthcare programs would compile claims data to provide a foundation for cost and quality reports on doctors and hospitals.
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