National Partnership for Women & Families

Increased Transparency in Health Care Costs Will Help Improve Care and Reduce Costs

Statement by William Kramer and Debra L. Ness, co-chairs of the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance
WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 4, 2014 —

"The decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to release billing information for nearly 1 million health care providers who provide services to Medicare beneficiaries is a significant step in increasing transparency in our health care system.

Greater transparency has the potential to improve care quality and reduce costs. We can’t reward high-quality care and pay for value unless we know what we’re paying for health care services now. We need that information to identify variations in costs. Releasing this billing data will allow purchasers and consumer to see the big picture and better understand the cost of health care.

Today’s announcement is further evidence of the Administration’s commitment to increasing transparency in our health care system. Going forward, it will be critical to ensure that the data is presented in a consumer-friendly way so it’s meaningful to purchasers and consumers."

About the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance

The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance is a broad coalition, dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in America for consumers and health care purchasers. The project’s mission is to put the patient in the driver’s seat – to share useful information about provider performance so that patients can make informed choices and the health care system can better reward the best performing providers. The Alliance is comprised of leading consumer organizations, national and local employers, and labor organizations. For more information visit our website at

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