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RWJF Launches Hospital Pricing App Challenge

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, June 5, 2013

The visualization challenge requires entrants to create graphic representations to help consumers and others better understand, explore, and interpret the information. RWJF encourages applicants to incorporate other data in combination with hospital pricing data to enhance its value.

The apps and tools developed should help improve understanding of the hospital pricing information and promote further transparency about prices.

Winners of the visualization component of the challenge will be announced at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in October 2013. The deadline for submissions is August 25. The app and tools component of competition will take place in two phases. The first phase will select five semi-finalists, who will be announced at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference. The deadline for this first phase is August 4. The second phase will see judges select winning entries from among the semi-finalists. Winners will be announced on December 9 at the mHealth Summit.


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Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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2 comments on "RWJF Launches Hospital Pricing App Challenge"


OpsCost (6/6/2013 at 1:47 AM)
Thanks for posting, this is very exciting. OpsCost.com will definitely be applying!

Frank Poggio (6/5/2013 at 8:33 PM)
The only thing the RWJ project will show is that 1) RWJ has money to burn 2) transparency will change nothing, because prices (charges) are meaningless data points warped by 50 years of constantly changing govenment and third party payment formulas. See my previous posts about this subject for details. Now if RWJ wants to uncover some real issues they should pay researchers to analyze how the managerie of payment systems created the mess in provider prices. Consider this: Every good MBA program has a specialty in Tax Accounting. Hospital/Physician payment and billing regulations are at least as complex as our beloved 1040 forms. Yet there is no MBA/MHA program specializing in healthcare payment systems. That's where RWJ should put its money! Frank Poggio, The kelzon Group, KelzonGroup.com