Hospital Price Transparency Initiative
As large employers enroll roughly half of the US population into sponsored health plans, they are in a strong position to demand increased value from the healthcare system. However, they often lack the right cost information to show what they are really paying for healthcare services. A 2013-2016 study of about a dozen self-funded large employers revealed prices for hospitals services in the state of Indiana that were far above what was considered normal.
This landmark study sparked a 2.0 version with results launch in the spring of 2019. This analysis expanded the number of hospitals to over 1,600 in 25 states and included claims data from dozens of self-funded employers, two state-based all-payer claims databases (APCDs) and one or more health plans.
A 3.0 study will be conducted in the fall of 2019 and will include additional states and hospitals. The results are anticipated for release in late 2020.
Our Next Steps
As RAND expands the scope of its analysis, the more valuable the results of this three-year study will be for employers to help inform their local strategy to pay for value.