RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge Winners Announced

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , October 2, 2013

A particularly intriguing aspect of the site is the five sliders that allow the user to adjust the weight given to a particular measure. For example, a user might rank price as least important, with a 0, but give the other four measures a rank of four or five.

The site then gives the user an "average score" based on those weights, and allows the user to compare that with other hospitals in that city.

In an interview, McCann says that the site "is a very very early version of the tool. I designed it for the contest, but I'm still working to make it more intuitive. It's not yet as perfect as I would like it to be."

Kathy Hempstead, RWJF's program officer, said the philanthropy was inspired to launch the contests by Medicare's release of the Chargemaster data in May, "to foster transparency and direct attention to that data."

That the data was downloaded more than 300,000 times within days of its release, she says, indicates "people are peeking through a door and don't like what they see. They see all these crazy prices that vary in ways that don't have much to do with quality, or anything they can understand."

"This pushes the door open a little bit farther."

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