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76% of Patients Benefit from Drug Price Transparency Technology

February 12, 2019 - Providing point-of-care drug price transparency may be getting closer to a reality, as more providers adopt the technology necessary to view such information, according to a Surescripts report released this week at HIMSS. Price transparency tools are key for reducing the blow of pharmacy sticker shock and helping to identify lower-cost options. “With prescription price...


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Senators Seek Payer, Provider Data on Surprise Medical Bills

by Sara Heath

A group of US senators are calling on healthcare payers and providers to offer more information about surprise medical bills and balance billing. Ideally, this information will help the legislators supplement their bipartisan bill to...

Verma: Price Transparency Rule Critical First Step for CMS

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations may only need to post chargemaster lists online for now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t create their own initiatives to improve price transparency, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a press call...

Price Transparency Rules Take Effect, Slated to Empower Patients

by Sara Heath

As of January 1, 2019, hospitals across the country are responsible for full price transparency, a move that will allow patients to make informed decisions about care access. The mandates come as a part of the 2019 inpatient prospective...

Breaking Down HHS Drug Advertisement, Price Transparency Proposal

by Sara Heath

A storm is brewing between the Department of Health & Human Services and the pharmaceutical industry, as experts on both sides debate drug advertisements and requirements for consumer-centered price transparency. Causing the debate is...

How Patient Experience in Billing Offices Impacts Patient Payments

by Sara Heath

A poor patient experience with the hospital billing department can have an impact on patient payments and financial responsibility, according to a new survey published by Connance. The Connance Consumer Impact Survey of 2018, which...

Senate Moves Toward Drug Price Transparency in Consumer Ads

by Sara Heath

Better drug price transparency in direct-to-consumer marketing plays a key role in a funding package that has recently passed in the Senate. In a bipartisan amendment funding both the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and...

Refining Price Transparency Tools to Increase Patient Use, Cut Costs

by Sara Heath

With patient financial responsibility posing a challenge throughout the healthcare industry, more healthcare experts are looking to price transparency to help patients make healthcare decisions and potentially decrease healthcare...

Point-of-Care Price Transparency Needed for Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Three-quarters of patients experience “sticker shock” when prescribed a medication that was more expensive than they anticipated, according to a new survey from CoverMyMeds. These results highlight the need for better price...

Health Payer Introduces Price Shopping Tool to Drive Care Quality

by Sara Heath

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has launched a price shopping tool that allows patients to receive incentives for selecting what the insurer deems lower-cost and higher-quality healthcare services. Using the new...

Verma: Value-Based Care Must Drive Patient-Centered Care

by Sara Heath

Reducing administrative burden in value-based care models and allowing providers to focus on patient-centered care are key priorities at CMS, said agency Administrator Seema Verma in an address at this year’s American Hospital...

Patients Given Lacking Info for Making Healthcare Decisions

by Sara Heath

Most states do not offer adequate information to assist patients in making healthcare decisions, according to a joint report from Altarum and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). The report includes data about state policies on...

How Healthcare Orgs Offer Price Transparency to Patients

by Sara Heath

Offering price transparency to patients is a rising priority in the healthcare industry. As more patients face high out-of-pocket costs, they are looking to manage their own healthcare spending. Industry experts acknowledge that notifying...

Price Transparency Tools Receive Tepid Patient Reactions

by Sara Heath

When it comes to price transparency tools and shopping around for healthcare services, patients are not entirely sold, according to qualitative research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. As patients face higher...

CMS Proposal Supports Nursing Home Patient Decision-Making

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed revisions to long-term care facility requirements that would remove rules prohibiting arbitration clauses in facility agreements. The agency intends these revisions to ease provider burden, offer better transparency in the...

Private Funds for Patient Advocacy Orgs Raise Transparency Issues

by Sara Heath

Nearly two-thirds of non-profit patient advocacy organizations (PAOs) receive private-sector funding to support their initiatives, raising questions about transparency and conflicts of interest, asserts a new report from Cleveland Clinic...

Low-Income Patients Cite Financial, Cultural Barriers to Care

by Sara Heath

Low-income and otherwise vulnerable patients are facing barriers to accessing their healthcare, citing lack of cost transparency and insufficient language assistance as primary issues, according to a recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman...

CMS Updates Nursing Home Star Ratings for Quality Transparency

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an updated set of quality star ratings for nursing homes in an effort to boost quality transparency and support patient decision-making. According to a press release, these...

Patient Satisfaction Data Transparency Aids Hospital Performance

by Sara Heath

It’s not enough for healthcare organizations to simply collect patient satisfaction data. Promoting data transparency and actually using that data will be the key to helping practices improve in the long-run. That’s because...

Do Patients Actually Find Access to Physician Notes Useful?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare professionals regularly discuss the benefits of patient access to physician notes, stating that the transparency it provides is beneficial to improving patient engagement and patient-provider communication. However, as the...

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