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Transparency

What information is available for consumers seeking to make informed decisions about the cost and quality of the care they use?

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Price Transparency

Policy Definition: Information that is readily available on the price of health care services that helps define the value of those services and enables patients and other care purchasers to identify, compare, and choose providers that offer the desired level of value. source

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Quality Transparency

Policy Definition: Information that is readily available on the performance and quality metrics or providers, health systems, and other healthcare facilities that enables patients and other care purchasers to identify, compare, and choose providers that offer the desired level of value.

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Education

Policy Definition: Patient education is the practice of informing patients about their health, wellness, treatment plans, potential outcomes, and other information critical to the patient experience. The goal of patient education is to instill a sense of autonomy in the patient and to equip her with the knowledge necessary to make her own healthcare decisions. source

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