Our workgroup has come together to determine how the private sector can collaborate to develop consensus on technical and definitional frameworks for implementing price transparency regulations. These regulations include the CMS Transparency in Coverage Final Rule, Hospital Price Transparency rule, various components of the No Surprises Act, and the Real Time Drug Pricing regulations. The ultimate goal is to empower adopters of the price transparency regulations (payers, providers, technical implementers etc.) to produce outputs that are consumer-usable.

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HCCI, PACES, and Turquoise Health collaborated to create our initial 10 GFEs. Their work was endorsed by other leading health organizations, including Mass General Brigham and Porter.”


February 24, 2023: Datapalooza Announcement

Project Clarity Announces Commitment to Standardize 100 care bundles in 2023, opens a window for public input. Project Clarity announced its 2023 goal of publishing 100 care bundles which will include intuitive descriptions of “shoppable services” for multi-event episodes of care. The coalition has issued a call for public input to nominate bundles from common clinical domains for price modeling that will be based on open standard bundling logic’, review provisional consensus bundles, and voluntarily implement them in price transparency tools. Launched in November, 2022, Project Clarity is a multi-stakeholder coalition co-chaired by former CMS Administrator Seema Verma and MGB CFO/Treasurer Niyum Gandhi fand managed by CareJourney and Leavitt Partners focused on helping payers and providers make price transparency more meaningful for consumers. This announcement builds on an initial set of 10 bundles drawn from the Transparency in Coverage set of 500 shoppable services accessible for public input at projectclarity.health or by contacting the project team via Ryan Howells (ryan.howells@leavittpartners.com) or Catherine Flatley (catherine.flatley@carejourney.com).

November 3rd, 2022: Helping to Lift the Veil on Healthcare Prices

Project Clarity announced a draft set of open provisional service packages to offer voluntary technical and definitional frameworks for implementing price transparency regulations made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While CMS’ price transparency regulations require both hospitals and payers to publish negotiated rates, there is a gap in the usability of this information, especially in developing “apples to apples” definitions for episodes of patient care, which would allow consumers to compare price and quality information across organizations.

Project Clarity published its first draft set of 10 episode definitions, which are presented as “open service packages” with their corresponding technical definitions for industry and consumer advocates to provide feedback. Through Project Clarity, the healthcare sector is collaborating on the front end of the healthcare continuum to create an integrated framework for a healthcare system that truly delivers on the promise of price transparency.

Lifting the veil on health care prices is one of the most patient-oriented reforms of the past half century. Requiring hospitals and health insurance companies to disclose what they charge unleashes competitive forces that drive down costs and increase quality. We have an opportunity to finally empower patients with the information they need to make more informed decisions, including prices for 500 ‘shoppable services’ – from maternity care to prescription drugs. Moreover, publicly posting prices helps transform American health care by accelerating the transition to the bundled savings model and value-based care.

– Seema Verma, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Project Clarity Co-Chair


New price transparency regulations for hospitals and insurers are a critical infrastructure for a consumer-focused delivery reform movement.In this recent STAT article, CareJourney President Aneesh Chopra and former CMS Administrator Seema Verma discuss the progress that’s been made on price transparency in healthcare—and the work that lies ahead.

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