The Massachusetts agency charged with implementing healthcare reform in the state has approved a plan to make public how much money hospitals in the state receive from insurers for specific procedures.
The agency also plans to include quality measures, which would allow consumers to see whether individual hospitals follow best practices associated with each procedure along with what the hospitals overall patient outcomes are for those surgeries. Our goal is that by making information available about the cost and quality of services, well encourage providers to improve their level of care and focus on cost containment, and consumers to choose high-quality, low-cost providers, explained Katharine London, executive director of the Health Care Quality and Cost Councilthe agency responsible for the plan.
An advisory committee for the council is still deciding which surgical-procedure costs will be publicized, but London said the agency hopes to begin posting information online by March.
Both New Hampshire and Maine already post similar cost information online. -- by Shawn Rhea
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