The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release a data file showing prices for inpatient services in 2011 at U.S. hospitals, Steven Brill reports. Brian Cook at the department's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tells Brill the move "comes in part" because of Brill's article from March about health-care costs.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is also "offering $87 million to the states to create what she calls 'health-care-data-pricing centers,'" Brill writes.
The centers will make pricing transparency more local and user friendly than the giant data file she is releasing this morning.Brill says the report "should become a tip sheet for reporters in every American city and town, who can now ask hospitals to explain their pricing." (more...)