Oklahoma, Idaho Consider Bills To Create Hospital Pricing Databases

February 19, 2014 in News

Oklahoma and Idaho lawmakers are considering bills to create hospital pricing databases.

Details of Oklahoma Bill

Last week, the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee unanimously passed a bill (HB 2400) that would require hospitals in the state to disclose the prices it charges Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients for common procedures, Modern Healthcare reports (Modern Healthcare, 2/16).

The Oklahoma Health Care Cost Reduction and Transparency Act of 2014 would require all ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals in Oklahoma to submit to the state health department the prices they charge for the:

  • 100 most common diagnostic procedures;
  • 100 most common surgical procedures; and
  • 50 most common imaging procedures.

The health department then would post the prices on its website and update the list at least once per year (Muchmore, Tulsa World, 2/16).

According to the health department, implementing the bill would cost the state about $80,000 (Cosgrove, The Oklahoman, 2/16).

The bill now heads to the full state House for consideration (Tulsa World, 2/16).

Details of Idaho Bill

Meanwhile, the Idaho House is considering a bill (HB 497) that aims to create a hospital pricing database, the Idaho Statesman reports.

The bill, introduced last week by state Rep. Brandon Hixon (R), would require the state to develop a website and mobile application that allow consumers to access pricing information for the 50 most common procedures performed at the state’s hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.

Hixon estimated implementing the database would cost about $1.7 million (Dutton, Idaho Statesman, 2/13).

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