The 2014 Price Transparency Grades Are Out
March 26, 2014
The 2014 grades are out. We’ve been talking about the updated Report Card on State Price Transparency and it was finally released yesterday. So what did the report card show? Well, see below:
That is a lot of red, right? All in all, 45 states fail to help make price information available to you, the consumer-patient.
The report graded states on whether or not there were laws and/or regulations requiring the publishing of healthcare prices. In addition, it looked at how well those laws were enforced through the creation of consumer-friendly websites where price information is easily accessible. Not surprisingly, this is where many states failed to make the grade. Not only is there a lack of regulations, but states who have regulations in place rarely do a good job of enforcing them and making sure those laws are translated into something that is helpful for the general public.
So judging by the map, we can see there is a lot of work to be done. Local and national organizations are doing work to create pressure on the lawmakers, but real change starts with pressure from the local level. Until we start making noise about this issue and become passionate about change, the publishing of healthcare prices will be slow moving.
By signing up to be an advocate for change, or as we like to call it, an INQUIRE Ambassador, you can be part of that change. You will be part of a growing network who will become its won community and share best practices on how to get change to happen in your community. It may seem overwhelming, but there is power in numbers.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
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