The Hospital Cost Tool dashboard provides state policymakers, employers, and researchers with analytical insights into how much hospitals spend on patient care services, and how such costs relate to the hospital charges (list prices) and actual prices paid by health plans.
Hospital prices and margins rose to the top of the health care policy agenda as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted historical use patterns and increased operating costs. Even state agencies and large employers with considerable purchasing power are often constrained in price negotiation with hospitals, because of how little they know about each hospital’s cost for providing patient services. In addition, health care purchasers lack reliable information on how their hospital payments compare with Medicare.
Having a comprehensive view of revenue, costs, and margins is important for policy makers to assess how price increases relate to the rising costs of providing services at hospitals.
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Using Data Transparency to Control Hospital Costs
On this episode of On the Evidence, guests Evelyn Li of Mathematica, Maureen Hensley-Quinn of the National Academy for State Health Policy, Gloria Sachdev of the Employers' Forum of Indiana, and Guru Rasukonda of Mathematica discuss the potential of data transparency tools for curbing rising hospital costs.Learn More
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