CMS searches for company capable of creating digital platform for comparing healthcare prices
The US-based agency, Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has begun to put pressure on hospitals to be more open in the pricing of the procedures and services they offer, Healthcare Dive reports.
The agency revealed a rule on the Inpatient Prospective Payment System which required hospitals to publish their standard charges online as well as keeping the information up to date at least once a year.
In the notice, CMS confirmed that it is searching for a company experienced in looking after personally identifiable information and protected health data, in addition to retaining healthcare supplier details.
It is anticipated that potential contractors should have the capabilities to utilise healthcare price comparison data and bid or sell data for healthcare procedures.
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The notice continued: “Responding organizations should have specific experience supporting provider/supplier pricing and transparency efforts in the healthcare exchange and/or commercial insurer health care market who currently offer support for the development and maintenance of web-based price comparison tools, bidding systems, and applications.”
It is thought that depending on the responses, CMS could produce a formal request for proposals for a company to create an online comparative pricing tool.
The news comes following a study published in Health Affairs, where it was discovered that just 13% of respondents responsible for cost-sharing in their last healthcare encounter looked for cost information before obtaining care, in addition to only 3% comparing the price of alternative providers.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”