From the National Business Coalition on Health: In a new article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, researchers found that giving providers the cost information at the point of order entry made NO difference in which tests were ordered. Therefore, provider cost
transparency alone does not significantly influence inpatient imaging
utilization. While this research was conducted entirely within one
specialty, there may be significant implications for value-based
insurance design, and shared decision-making.
If providers acting on
their own are not influenced by cost data when making decisions, the
role of patients and their families may become even more important.