Hospital executives who want to provide more pricing information to patients can turn to a new toolkit for help. The American Hospital Association’s Community Connections Initiative, which aims to help hospitals reaffirm their role as a community resource, rolled out a new report that contains several resources to aid in spreading the word on what the cost of care will be. The 125-page report, “Achieving Price Transparency for Consumers: A Toolkit for Hospitals,” includes a self-assessment, case studies, a secret shopper exercise and a five-point checklist for leaders. The toolkit can be found at www.ahacommunityconnections.org. The resource follows a report issued in April by the Healthcare Financial Management Association that outlines several best practices for transparency based on input from various stakeholders. Caroline Steinberg, vice president of trends analysis for the AHA, says momentum seems to be building in the price transparency movement, with more and more patients enrolled in high-deductible health plans. “Hospitals are really committed to improving how consumers get information on the amount that they will be expected to pay for care, and we’re really seeing a lot of interest in the field in this particular resource,” she says.
Show them the money
New AHA hospital toolkit offers help in increasing consumer price transparency
The AHA's Community Connections Initiative, which strives to help hospitals reaffirm their role as a community resource, rolled out a trove of resources to aid in the pursuit of price transparency.
September 9, 2014