Conducted by the Rand Corporation
Faced with rising and unsustainable health care costs, employers need answers. The Employers’ Forum of Indiana set out to help employers’ contract for hospital provider services that offer the best value (best quality at best cost). These studies, conducted by the RAND Corporation, are the first of their kind, being a purchaser-led initiative that uses claims data to compare hospital prices publicly. Core study goals:
- to enable employers to be better-informed shoppers for health plans and provider networks;
- to hold hospitals, hospital systems, and health plans accountable for the prices they have negotiated;
- to report hospital prices relative to a Medicare benchmark.
Indiana Hospital Price Report (Sept 2017)
The first study commissioned by the Forum was published in September 2017 and looked at employer claims data for Indiana finding that Indiana employers were paying 272% of what Medicare pays.
National Hospital Price Transparency Report (May 2019)
To see how Indiana employers compare to other states and to arm purchasers across the country with price information to get higher value health care, we expanded the study and have released the results of the first national analysis.
Compare Hospital Prices
National Hospital Price Transparency Report Supplement (May 2019) to conduct independent price analyses within and across states.Interactive map to compare hospital prices based on data from the National Hospital Price Transparency Report (May 2019). Click the bubbles to see more information or use the search to find your state.
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UPDATED May 17, 2019.
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Private Health Plans Pay Hospitals 241% of What Medicare Would Pay, RAND Study Finds
May 9, 2019
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Houston Chronicle, May 16, 2019
Hospitals charge employers 240% more than Medicare
Benefits Pro, May 13, 2019
Study claims private health plans pay hospitals 241% of what Medicare would pay
Healthcare Purchasing News, May 12, 2019
Hospital Prices Boost Bernie Sanders And Michael Bennet Medicare Plans
Forbes, May 12, 2019
Rand Study shows that Illinois Hospitals charged 350% for Outpatient prices compared to Medicare prices
Chicago Tribune Online, May 11, 2019
Private Health Plans Pay Providers at 241 Percent of What Medicare Would Pay
Healthcare Finance, May 10, 2019
Rand: Private insurance pays more than twice what Medicare does
Fierce Healthcare, May 10, 2019
Private Insurers Pay Hospitals More Than Double Medicare Rates
Healthcare Dive, May 10, 2019
Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay
The New York Times, May 9, 2019
Employer Health Plans Pay Hospitals 241% of What Medicare Would Pay (Subscription needed)
Modern Healthcare, May 9, 2019
Study: Employers Pay 240% More Than Medicare For Hospital Care
Forbes, May 9, 2019
What Employers Pay Hospitals Varies Widely, Study Finds
Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2019
Private Insurers Paid Hospital 241% of what Medicare Would Have
HealthLeaders, May 9, 2019
Private Insurers Pay Hospitals 2.4 Times What Medicare Pays
Becker’s Hospital Review, May 9, 2019
Market Muscle: Study Uncovers Differences Between Medicare And Private Insurers
Kaiser Health News, May 9, 2019
Study: Indiana hospitals charge private health plans 311% of what Medicare would pay
Indianapolis Business Journal, May 9, 2019
Private Health Plans Pay Hospitals 2.4 times What Medicare Would Pay
Medical Xpress, May 9, 2019
Private Insurance Plans Pay Hospitals Far More Than Medicare. Could Price Transparency Fix That?
The Inquirer (Philadelphia), May 9, 2019
New Study Finds Maine Patients With Private Insurance Pay Nearly 3x What Medicare Patients Would Pay
Maine Public, May 9, 2019
National Hospital Price Transparency Slide Decks (May 2019)
We are happy to provide this master PowerPoint slide deck for the purpose of all across the country to use as they see fit to promote hospital price transparency and health care value. You are welcome to utilize any of these slides in your personal presentations. We will update this deck periodically. Enjoy!
Indiana Hospital Price Study (Sept 2017)
Summary Slide Deck
About the RAND Corporation
The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) headquartered in Santa Monica, California with offices in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Boston.
The Employers’ Forum of Indiana
The Employers’ Forum of Indiana is an employer-led health care coalition of employers, physicians, hospitals, health plans, public health officials and other interested parties. Our goal is to improve the value payers and patients receive for their health care expenditures. The Forum is led by Gloria Sachdev.