Rep. Lipinski Applauds Release of Hospital Price Data
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services for releasing data showing the wide price discrepancies that various hospitals charge for the same procedure, bringing much-needed transparency to health care costs and providing valuable information to patients seeking medical treatment. The first bill the congressman introduced when he arrived in Congress in 2005 was the Hospital Price Transparency and Disclosure Act to require hospitals to publicly disclose their prices for their most common procedures and medications.
“Lowering health care costs has been at the top of my agenda since I was first elected to Congress. One way to do this is to require hospitals to reveal the prices they charge for various procedures,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Price transparency – combined with quality measures – will help patients make informed choices and help encourage hospitals to lower their prices. I applaud the administration for releasing this important data today. Although the information applies to Medicare-covered procedures only, it is an important first step. I will continue to push for passage of my Hospital Price Transparency and Disclosure Act, to ensure even broader hospital price transparency. With prices for the most basic procedures still wildly out of control and inconsistent, this legislation is needed now more than ever. The release of the data today confirms that.”
Rep. Lipinski’s Hospital Price Transparency and Disclosure Act would mandate that hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers regularly disclose the prices they charge for the 25 most common inpatient and outpatient procedures. The idea for the bill came from the congressman’s own experience with hospital bills and research showing wide discrepancies in the amount hospitals charge for the same product and service.
The report released today by Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can be viewed at http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html.
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