H 2444 (accompanied by study order H 4625) – MassachusettsStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2017
AN ACT RELATIVE TO TRANSPARENT HEALTH CARE DATA: would require the Center for Health Information and Analysis website to provide updated information on a regular basis regarding comparative quality, price and cost information. To the extent possible, the website would include: (1) comparative price and cost information for the most common referral or prescribed services, as categorized by payer and listed by facility, provider, and provider organization or other groupings, (2) comparative quality information from the standard quality measure available by facility, provider, provider organization or any other provider grouping, for each such service or category of service for which comparative price and cost information is provided; (3) general information related to each service or category of service for which comparative information is provided; (4) comparative quality information from the standard quality measure available by facility, provider, provider organization or other groupings that is not service-specific, including information related to patient safety and satisfaction; (5) data concerning healthcare-associated infections and serious reportable events reported; (6) definitions of common health insurance and medical terms so that consumers may compare health coverage and understand the terms of their coverage; (7) a list of health care provider types (8) factors consumers should consider when choosing an insurance product or provider group, including provider network, premium, cost-sharing, covered services, and tiering; (9) patient decision aids, which are interactive, written or audio-visual tools that provide a balanced presentation of the condition and treatment or screening options, benefits and harms, with attention to the patient’s preferences and values which may facilitate conversations between patients and their health care providers about preference-sensitive conditions or diseases,(10) a list of provider services that are physically and programmatically accessible for people with disabilities; and (11) descriptions of standard quality measures, as determined by the statewide quality advisory committee and verified by the center.
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