Care Comparison Tool Offers Data Transparency
In September 2009, we unveiled a new online Care Comparison tool that allows our members to review costs for specific procedures performed at hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and free-standing radiology centers in the BCBSOK provider network. Members also can review the volume of services performed by each facility, and they can obtain other information based on factors most important to them.
In our ongoing initiative to enhance transparency — availability and accessibility — of Care Comparison data, a Flash demo will be added in April 2010 to assist members with their navigation and procedure searches. Additionally, the number of inpatient and outpatient procedures displayed will increase from 35 to 54. The data reported will cover procedures performed from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, paid through Sept. 30, 2009.
BCBSOK is committed to sharing information with our members that is useful, accessible and easy to understand. We believe that a well-informed consumer will make better health care decisions. Watch the "News and Updates" section of our Health Care Providers website for additional announcements and information regarding this and other BCBSOK initiatives.