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Hospital Billing, Transparency Hit Wall Street Journal

The national news media continue their focus on the issues surrounding hospital price transparency. Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal includes a special pull-out section called “Journal Report – Health Care.” The top story in the special section, “How to Bring the Price of Health Care Into the Open,” is accompanied by a large map of the Los Angeles area with comparison prices for the same four procedures at five different hospitals: Sherman Oaks Hospital, Garfield Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Community Hospital and LAC/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The overall point of the story is that hospital charges for common procedures vary dramatically, even within the same community, and that the “price transparency movement aims to lift the veil of secrecy and empower patients and other payers to be smarter health-care consumers.”

Additional stories in this special section include “The Anatomy of a Hospital Bill;” “How the ACA May Affect Health Care Costs;” a piece on how hospitals can reduce costs, headlined “ ‘Waste Not’ Becomes Easier for Hospitals;” and a story on how high-tech tools can help hospital pharmacies manage inventories, called “Solved: The Case of the Vanishing Drugs.”

Wall Street Journal subscribers can access the report online at