Cali gets bad grade

Golden State rates poorly regarding health-care cost transparency

California scored low on a national report grading each state for its transparency on pricing for hospital and health-clinic services.

The report, compiled by Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, gave California a “D” grade based on how easily laws allow patients to access health-care pricing information, whether laws required disclosure of prices or discounts paid by health insurers, and how many health-care providers and procedures were included in the pricing data, according to Modern Healthcare.

The report’s authors noted California does not provide a publicly available report on health-care pricing and the state lacks transparency regarding amounts actually paid for health services.

The only states to earn an “A” grade were Massachusetts and New Hampshire, while 29 states received an “F” for being virtually without any transparency requirements.