American College of Physicians relases policy report supporting efforts to increase healthcare price transparency

Yesterday, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a report highlighting that efforts to improve health care price transparency via increased access to meaningful information can help mend the fragmentation of healthcare in the United States. Related specifically to APCDs, the policy paper outlined a few specific roles APCDs could play in improving transparency, including:

  1. The ACP supporting legislative action at the state level to require private and public health plans to submit data in a standardized manner to an all payer claims database.
  2. APCDs should be set up for future expansion to other relevant sources of information such as sources of vital statistics, data contained in regional health information exchanges, or data compiled in quality clinical data repositories.
  3. ACP supports federal grants or similar incentives to states for the development of APCDs.

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