|[February 12, 2013]
Healthcare Blue Book Research Supports JAMA Study on Huge Pricing Variations Among Providers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) just
released a hip replacement price transparency study comparing pricing
information on hip replacement surgery for cash-pay patients. Results
are similar to Healthcare
Blue Book research for consumers and employers on inpatient and
outpatient surgeries, diagnostic tests and imaging studies, such as MRI
and CT scans. Research by JAMA and the Healthcare Blue Book both
Pricing information for all patients is difficult to obtain.
Variations among quoted prices were up to ten times different among
Hospitals in particular, lack pricing transparency.
The JAMA study results are consistent with similar results published by
Healthcare Blue Book, which evaluated a cash-paying patient's ability to
obtain pricing information for an arthroscopic knee surgery.
The Healthcare Blue Book research compared access to price information
and the range of prices at both hospital based outpatient facilities and
independent Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). The research showed that
hospitals are far less likely to provide patients with price information
than ASCs, nd that the difference in price can be as much as ten-fold. Click
here to review the Healthcare Blue Book study.
Healthcare Blue Book research conducted for employer clients shows that
in-network negotiated "allowed amounts" that insured patients pay to
providers can vary by as much as 500% or more.
"Healthcare Blue Book helps our employer clients understand the range of
prices in their market through online and mobile tools," says Dr.
Jeff Rice, CEO of Healthcare Blue Book. "Consumers can save over 50%
on their care, equaling hundreds and even thousands of dollars of
savings- without any difference in quality."
To download the Healthcare Blue Book pricing application go to:
About Healthcare Blue Book
headquartered in Nashville, TN, is a leading provider of healthcare
price transparency tools to employers, TPAs, health plans and provider
organizations. Healthcare Blue Book tools help employers and employees
save money by enabling consumers to understand local healthcare prices,
compare providers on price and quality, and shop for care anywhere in
the United States. To learn more, please visit our web site at http://www.healthcarebluebook.com
or call (615) 422-5213.
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