Understanding the Use and Impact of Price Transparency in Health Care: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here?

July 2016
Bernstein, J.

In 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched a call for proposals for empirical studies that would contribute to understanding the use and impact of price data in health care. The goal was to generate reliable and generalizable evidence to inform policymakers and other stakeholders and accelerate the pace of efforts to use price information effectively. As this program, managed by AcademyHealth, concludes, rising health care prices and the need for price transparency have garnered national attention. In May 2016, RWJF held a meeting that provided an opportunity for RWJF grantees to present some of the key findings from their research to a panel of experts actively engaged in developing and using health care price information. This issue brief summarizes the meeting discussion that explored the "state of the art" in price transparency and identified questions for which more and better evidence may be needed.