Health care transparency measures moving beyond price

This recent article from Employee Benefit News examines the topic of healthcare information transparency. NRHI’s Elizabeth Mitchell discusses her views on transparency, the Center for Healthcare Transparency and what is needed to provide stakeholders with the information they need to achieve better care at a lower cost…..”Mitchell laments that consistent, reliable and usable health care information is nearly unattainable at a time when employers are asking for relatively basic information. One explanation is the key measures that employers, patients and others need aren’t available in the form that people want or do not yet exist, she says.”

Since the Affordable Care Act is driving more employers to adopt high-deductible health plans, the challenge for consumers is to minimize their increasing financial burden. Within this context, the growth potential for health care transparency tools is significant.