“Patients should work to rein in health-care costs by demanding accountability and transparency from hospitals and physicians, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said Friday…”
“As people spend more out of pocket on their health care, they are increasingly seeking information to help them make smarter decisions. But finding out in advance how much a procedure will cost is difficult because the prices insurers negotiate with doctors and hospitals are considered proprietary.”
“Verma pointed to several CMS initiatives intended to “empower patients” by giving them access to price and quality information…” Read the full article here.
Source: Medicare chief tells Philly conference: Patients must be part of controlling health care costs – By Sarah Gantz, February 1, 2019. The Inquirer.