Local purchasers

Scenario:
On behalf of consumers, employers and local purchasers in your market are committed to slowing health care costs by improving visibility on hospital prices. A recent media story revealed that prices in your local market were the highest in the state. You are a member of a private sector consulting service that has been hired to help a hospital address transparency issues. The hospital would like to be more transparent in their cost and fee relationships with providers.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the provided scenario. What are the advantages of transparency for both the hospital and the consumer? How might hospital cost transparency improve economic efficiency?
  • Consider current (last 5 years) regulation and policy to compare hospitals based on their costs. Locate and review literature to support your recommendations.

Post a cohesive response to the following:

Analyze advantages of transparency for both the hospital and the consumer. Include how hospital cost transparency might improve economic efficiency. Then, recommend regulation and policy to compare hospitals based on their costs. Defend your recommendations.