|Arizona Bill Would Require Approximate Cost of Healthcare Services|
Trends toward healthcare pricing transparency continue. A bill introduced in Arizona, HB2218, would require certain healthcare entities, including urgent care centers, to provide the prospective patient with the approximate cost of services so they might make informed decisions. In this bill, the patient population is limited to the state of Arizona employees. The bill states:
“BEFORE AN ADMISSION, PROCEDURE OR SERVICE AND ON THE REQUEST OF A PATIENT OR PROSPECTIVE PATIENT WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THIS STATE, A HEALTH CARE ENTITY, WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS, SHALL DISCLOSE THE ALLOWED AMOUNT, IF THE HEALTH CARE ENTITY IS IN THE PATIENT'S INSURER NETWORK, OR THE AMOUNT THAT WILL BE CHARGED, IF THE HEALTH CARE ENTITY IS OUTSIDE THE PATIENT'S INSURER NETWORK, OF THE ADMISSION, PROCEDURE OR SERVICE, INCLUDING THE AMOUNT FOR ANY FACILITY FEES REQUIRED.”
HB2218 also requires insurers to set up toll free lines and a web site so patients might see the average reimbursement per healthcare provider over the past 12 months. State workers who ‘shop’ and save will share in some of the savings when the savings is greater than $50.00 (paid by the insurer).
For more information on the proposed Arizona rule click here.