California Healthline: HHS Awards California $5.2M To Create Health Care Pricing Database

HHS has awarded the California Department of Insurance a $5.2 million grant to establish a database that will collect and disseminate health care pricing information to state residents,Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman, Payers & Providers, 9/26).

Background on HHS Grants

In May, CMS released data for the 100 most common inpatient procedures at U.S. hospitals. It found that hospitals nationwide charge Medicare “wildly differing” amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedures.

CMS’ release of the data was part of an effort by the federal government to increase transparency in the health care system.

In response, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an $87 million initiative to help states create “health care data pricing centers” to help local governments analyze and publish research on health care prices (California Healthline, 5/8).

Details of California Database

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