Most states have limited laws or no laws at all to guarantee patient access to information on hospital and clinic prices, according a newly released report that found poor disclosure and incomplete information in three dozen states.
The report, released by the Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (PDF), awarded an F to 29 states—including seven without any price laws whatsoever—and gave another seven states a D. State laws were graded on how easily disclosed prices could be seen by the public; whether laws required disclosure of prices or discounts paid by insurers; and how many providers and procedures were included.
Even among two states that earned an A, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, disclosure was lacking, the reports’ authors said.
“We graded on a curve,” said Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of the Catalyst for Payment Reform, an employer group. “I think there’s room for improvement, even among the As.”
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