Acting on the suggestion of her top data crunchers at the department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released an enormous data file on May 8 that reveals the list—or “chargemaster”—prices of all hospitals across the country for the 100 most common inpatient treatment services in 2011. It then compares those prices with what Medicare actually paid hospitals for the same treatments—which was typically a fraction of the chargemaster prices.

As a result, Americans are a big step closer to being able to compare what hospitals charge them for goods and services with what they actually cost. CMS public-affairs director Brian Cook told me that Sebelius’ action today comes in part as a response to “Bitter Pill,” TIME’s special report on health care pricing practices in the March 4 issue.

This is some of the best reporting Time has ever done. Congrats to Steve Brill on for journalism that will make a real difference. 

(U.S. Health Care: Is an End to Medical-Billing Secrecy Near? | TIME.com)

  • TIME

Notes

  1. longreads-cf reblogged this from markcoatney
  2. lifeiscrisis reblogged this from markcoatney
  3. bostontearave reblogged this from markcoatney
  4. korchma-taras-bulba-moscow-savas reblogged this from markcoatney
  5. korchma-taras-bulba-new-york-usa reblogged this from markcoatney
  6. confidenceiscompetence reblogged this from markcoatney
  7. arpegggio69 reblogged this from markcoatney
  8. eyeoffendingbrine reblogged this from markcoatney
  9. fyuzhn reblogged this from wonkhaus
  10. wonkhaus reblogged this from markcoatney
  11. ultra0007 reblogged this from markcoatney
  12. billsnanews reblogged this from markcoatney
  13. disassociation reblogged this from markcoatney
  14. corellianred reblogged this from markcoatney
  15. the-humdrum-gatsby reblogged this from gamesnshit
  16. gamesnshit reblogged this from markcoatney
  17. monstrousregiment reblogged this from markcoatney
  18. meheeeen reblogged this from markcoatney
  19. jmoodie reblogged this from markcoatney