HAP’s Care in Pennsylvania Supports PA Hospitals’ Transparency Initiatives
March 02, 2017
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Care in Pennsylvania, a health care consumer-friendly website, continues to be a useful Pennsylvania-specific resource for health care quality, price, and health care terminology information.
Care in Pennsylvania was launched during December 2017. Since then, Pennsylvanians continue to use the website to learn about health care in their communities. Using quality and price data from Hospital Compare, produced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), Care in Pennsylvania allows consumers to take a more active role in their health care decisions.
Consumers have access to:
- Evidence-based health care reports
- Relevant quality and consumer assessment data
- Demographic information for outpatient, general acute, and post-acute health care facilities in Pennsylvania
- Consumer-friendly health care terminology and definitions
- Links to additional health care quality resources
This website is one example of the leading role Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have taken in the health care transparency movement. Nearly half of all U.S. adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals will continue to work with the Pennsylvania Library Association and other stakeholders to provide health literacy information for Pennsylvanians. In addition, HAP has led efforts to increase consumer-friendly financial practices within hospitals. The association also is active in Pennsylvania Department of Insurance work about the issue.
The data provided at the Care in Pennsylvania website should be viewed as a snapshot of information, and should by no means be considered the only source of information. Care in Pennsylvania should be used to start conversations with your health care providers. HAP will continue to update this community resource as more current and relevant data becomes available.
For more information, contact Phillip Burrell, HAP’s director, health market research.