Calif Website Will Help Consumers With Health Care Comparison Shopping

first_img Los Angeles Times: Consumers Can Check Medical Prices, Quality Scores On New State Website California Department of Insurance officials have announced a new website that will enable consumers to comparison-shop for health insurance. It’s a collaborative effort between the CDI, UC-San Francisco and Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit magazine that conducts consumer product testing and research. The project is federally funded through the Affordable Care Act, CDI officials said. (Gorn, 9/21) The site, California Healthcare Compare, was created by UC-San Francisco researchers and Consumer Reports for the state insurance agency with a federal grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The site provides information on quality for five common conditions or procedures: childbirth, hip and knee replacement, colon cancer screening, diabetes, and back pain. And it gives cost information — by county for 100 procedures, ranging from treating a broken ankle to cancer chemotherapy. (Feder Ostrov, 9/21) California Healthline: Website Will Compare Health Insurance Lifting some of the secrecy surrounding California healthcare, state officials unveiled a website where consumers can look up average prices for common medical procedures — as well as quality scores for providers. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, consumer advocates and researchers hailed the online tool launched Monday as the first step in prying more detailed prices from insurers, hospitals and doctors so patients facing high deductibles can find the best deal. (Terhune, 9/21) center_img Kaiser Health News: Attention Shoppers: New Calif. Website Details Costs, Quality Of Medical Procedures Calif. Website Will Help Consumers With Health Care Comparison Shopping The site, created by UC-San Francisco researchers and Consumer Reports for the state insurance agency, provides information on average costs for common conditions and procedures, as well as quality scores for providers. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more