Under growing pressure from employers and health plans, the Tennessee Hospital Association will go public today with a Web site telling patients, in advance, about how much they'll pay.
Using prices from hospitals' most recent annual reports to the state, the site, Tennessee Hospitals Inform, lists average prices for common procedures at most of the state's 136 acute-care hospitals.
Prices at hospitals owned by HCA, the nation's largest hospital operator, aren't listed on the association's site, but there are links to the Nashville-based company's own cost-of-care Web sites.
The move to tell patients upfront about prices is part of a larger trend toward consumer-driven healthcarehigh-deductible plans, often combined with savings accounts, which require people to pay more money out of pocket.
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