California Bill Seeks to Give Consumers Transparency of Costs of Health Services

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California SB 26 introduced to create a statewide health care cost and quality database was introduced in December.

California HHS would contract with a not-for-profit organization to create and administer the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database.

The database would include pricing information for health care items, services and medical, dental and surgical procedures. The database would be available for public searches by January 1, 2019. New Hampshire, Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Massachusetts have set up health care cost databases available to consumers, providers and payers.

More info: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/12/bill-introduced-to-create-statewide-health-care-cost-quality-database

Bill text: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sb_26_bill_20141201_introduced.pdf

Synopsis courtesy of Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD @MSingletonMDJD

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