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Medicare Agency Releases More Hospital Charge Data In Push For Greater Transparency

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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CMS releases hospital outpatient charges by hospital for 30 types of procedures performed nationwide. As with a similar release of hospital inpatient charges posted last month, it spotlights massive differences in what hospitals charge within the same regions and across the U.S. But the question posed by officials at last week’s Health Datapalooza conference about the increased availability of data was, ‘OK, now what?’

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