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Increasing Hospital Transparency, More Information Helps Consumers Make Better Decisions

HAP and its member hospitals are committed to increasing transparency around hospital prices and quality, as well as improving their hospital operations.

Consumers are seeking more information about the cost of their care and the quality of that care so they can make informed decisions. They want hospitals to be open and accountable about how they operate, which may include information about their tax status, executive compensation, and their decisions around mergers or business partnerships with other health care providers.

They also need a similar commitment from other health care stakeholders who are part of the health care delivery system, including insurers, physicians, and other providers. Together, they can help consumers navigate the complex care system, armed with sufficient information to make the best choices about their health care and care for family members.

Improving Hospital–Consumer Financial Communications

As consumers pay more out-of-pocket for health care, they are more involved in making decisions about their medical care. They need and deserve information about their financial responsibility up front. Consumers are seeking financial communications that are clear, easy to understand, and organized.

HAP-member hospitals and health systems are working to ensure consumers have a better understanding of their financial responsibilities, and how to get assistance to meet those responsibilities if needed. This site provides resources for members and consumers.

Resources

Hospital Resources

HFMA Patient-Friendly Billing Recommended Practice
A guide for hospitals to help patients’ prepare for their financial obligations

HFMA Patient-Friendly Billing Resources
A list of patient-friendly billing reports, analysis, tools, case studies, and related information

AHA Achieving Price Transparency for Consumers: A Toolkit for Hospitals
Resource for hospitals to assess their current efforts and learn from case examples and sample price transparency tools

Consumer Resources

HFMA Understanding Healthcare Prices: A Consumer Guide
Guide to help consumers understand where to get answers to their questions about health care prices, compare prices among providers, and manage their out-of-pocket costs. Hospitals are encouraged to share this resource with consumers. Also available in Spanish

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