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Technology Developers Encouraged to Make Hospital Pricing More Transparent


 

In June, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a national competition for technology developers to help consumers understand and utilize data for comparing the prices of hospital procedures. Winners of the foundation’s Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, to be announced later this year, will share $120,000 in prizes for intuitive, actionable tools leading to more transparent hospital pricing in two categories.

One category involves the creation of visual aids that would help consumers and others better understand the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital-cost data, which was released in May and compares widely variable hospital prices for 100 common inpatient procedures. The other category involves developing applications and tools that could help consumers price-shop.

The foundation is offering support and opportunities for submitters to interact with experts and technical innovators. The deadline for applications is Aug. 25.

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