Public Policy InstituteThis year, Medicare took a major step toward promoting real price transparency for hospital care. The federal agency posted online the prices charged by more than 3,000 hospitals for the most common inpatient and outpatient procedures. This caught the attention of media across the nation. Medicare’s public release of hospital charge data was the first time that hospital charges had been aggregated to show a “bundled” price for specific procedures, including all hospital-related services except physician fees. Previously, data were …
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Keith Lind is a senior policy advisor for the AARP Public Policy Institute, where he covers issues related to Medicare and chronic care. He has a JD and BSN from the University of Michigan and an MS in health policy and management from Harvard.
Public Policy InstitutePatients typically receive coordinated care in the hospital from a team of health professionals. But what happens when patients go home? AARP has been concerned about such “care transitions” for years. In 2009, we published a paper titled “Beyond 50.09: Chronic Care: A Call to Action for Health Reform,” which captured some of the difficulties people have when they leave the hospital. For instance, many patients and families say the “ball was dropped” after discharge. “They would discharge me and …