Clinicians increasingly have valuable data at the point of care. Information such as recent lab results, radiology reports, and physician notes all aid in decision support, Dr. Webber said.
However, there is a “big gap” for clinicians and patients around the cost of care, she said. Having greater transparency into the price of common procedures, tests, and medications would be helpful to both patients and physicians, she said. With more information, patients and their doctors would be able to have more productive conversations about treatment and talk about options if cost is an issue.
“If I was going to pick something to prioritize being a standard, it would really be that cost of care,” Dr. Webber said.
Dr. Webber isn’t the only leader and innovator in health care pointing to greater price transparency as a need in health care. At CCM events, UnitedHealthcare Chief Information Officer Phil McKoy and Dr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health IT, have mentioned the value of bringing greater transparency to the cost of care.
A federal rule requiring hospitals and health insurers to publish their negotiated prices for hundreds of medical services was upheld by a federal judge after the American Hospital Association sued to block implementation of the rule. The AHA said it will appeal the rule, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021.
Learn more about Emily C. Webber MD
In addition to serving as CMIO at Riley Children’s Health, Dr. Webber is a pediatric hospitalist at Riley Hospital for Children and is Associate CMIO for Indiana University Health, the largest network of physicians in Indiana including 15 hospitals and dozens of outpatient locations.
She is also a practicing physician, board certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics, and is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Webber also has participated in other CCM events, including as a panelist for a roundtable discussion at the CCM in 2019 on interoperability of health care data.
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