A 2016 follow-up survey of 120 health care facilities found that despite a growing emphasis on price transparency, some hospitals had gotten worse at providing price estimates for total hip arthroplasty (THA) since 2011-12.
According to a recent Medscape article, the researchers posed as a 62-year-old woman’s granddaugther attempting to price a THA with 120 hospitals. The answers were categorized as:
- Hospitals not able to provide any price;
- Partial price;
- Complete price by contacting hospital and physician separately; and
- Bundled price from hospital.
“Our results provide sobering evidence that substantial efforts from government and industry to improve pricing transparency have had little tangible effect on availability of prices,” the researchers write in a letter published May 29 by JAMA Internal Medicine.