Notwithstanding a Massachusetts law requiring the clear, prompt disclosure of price estimates to patients upon request, recent studies by Pioneer of a sample of hospitals, specialist physicians and dentists throughout the state showed that it is still not easy to obtain this information, often requiring some persistence and longer than the two days allowed by law (“Survey: Price Information Difficult to Obtain by Massachusetts Hospitals,” June 24, 2015; “State Healthcare Price Transparency Law Still Not a Reality,” August 12, 2015). The 2012 Massachusetts law requires healthcare providers to give consumers procedure prices within two business days of request (Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency […]
About Sarah Idelson
Sarah Idelson is a PioneerLegal Fellow and a practicing lawyer with international and domestic experience in health and human services and public utilities, among others. She has written and presented on corporate governance, health policy and ethics and most recently was a partner at a regional law firm. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and a JD, cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.