January 3 marks the seating of new and old members for the 116th Congress of the United States. Much of the rhetoric embedded in speeches and press reports will keynote the word, transparency.
The One Hundred Sixteenth United States Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Washington, DC, is the meeting location, as we all know.
n.A transparent object, especially a photographic slide that is viewed by light shining through it from behind or by projection.
When the SOURCE, Transparent California, asked about the unusual payout, Mr. Suarez refused to provide any information, asserting that the “Public Records Act creates no duty to answer written or oral questions submitted by members of the public.”
Retirement from a nearly 40-year career in hospital and healthcare fund-development and community relations in 2010 did not end my association with or concern for that industry. In fact, I often share that I really did not know hospitals until I became (circa 2006) a cancer patient, now about to mark 9 years of continuous remission.
The story NUZZELED at the top of this post archives a universal concern about health care today. The issue is how best to discover the true costs, aka pricing, of hospital services, procedures, and products?
Despite the new Federal law requiring hospitals to be more transparent about pricing, we are reminded that the actual cost for any given test, procedure, or diagnostic may vary depending on the patient’s specific health insurance or Medicare plan. According to the source, “some nonprofit hospitals also factor one’s income into the equation when tallying up costs, so that should change the grand total, too. Even if it still requires a little guesswork on your part, this new transparency when it comes to health care costs is a welcome change.”