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Chargemasters: Keep your numbers transparent

A growing number of organizations-ranging from employers to consumer groups-want to see rising costs in healthcare stabilize, if not abate. One way to do this, they say, is to have hospitals publish their sets of retail prices, also known as pricing transparency. Several states, including North Carolina and California, already require hospitals to submit a comprehensive and hospital-specific listing of each item that could be billed to a patient, payers, or other healthcare provider. The states will keep the chargemasters on record. For a small fee, anyone can obtain a copy to review a hospital's pricing.