ITUP’s report, Today’s Challenges in Trying To Get to Health Information Transparency For Patients, takes a close look at the challenges patients face in trying to get information on the costs and outcomes of their medical procedures. Legislatures, public programs, and the private insurance market have all taken steps to improve transparency in the health care market. However, there is still much more that needs to be done in order to truly know the cost of care and its value based on quality outcomes. This paper examines the uses and goals of transparency, what current requirements exists for transparency at the state and national levels, how private insurers have responded to the call for greater transparency, the challenges that lie ahead, and what needs to occur before true cost and quality transparency for patients can be achieved in the healthcare system.
November 6, 2015