During the National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency, held Dec. 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, urged price transparency advocates to lead the charge in developing and sharing comprehensive, reliable price and quality data.
Transparency has emerged as a “kitchen table” issue of increasing importance to all Americans, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey observed. She cited widespread media coverage of variation in health care prices, and the release this year of hospital and physician price information by the federal government and other parties.
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey noted the Foundation’s longtime support for greater transparency, including ongoing efforts by all 16 Aligning Forces for Quality communities to measuring quality of care in hospitals and physician practices and making that information publicly available, and the Open Notes initiative, in which hundreds of clinicians have shared notes with 19,000 patients nationwide. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey also cited the need for innovation to connect people with usable data, mentioning the RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, which invited applicants to create consumer-friendly applications for price data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.