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In a bid to streamline medical billing, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the “A Bill You Can Understand” design challenge (http://1.usa.gov/1SYJoVD). In this competition, HHS and the competition’s sponsor, AARP, are calling on health care organizations, digital technology companies, designers, and other innovators to create a simple and easy-to-understand medical bill and billing process.
“We are creating progress toward a medical bill that people can actually understand and a billing process that makes sense—progress that includes creating a forum that brings everyone to the table: patients, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and innovators,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, who recently announced the challenge at the annual Health Datapalooza health care conference, held in Washington, DC.
Jacob JA. HHS Announces Medical Bill Redesign Competition. JAMA. 2016;315(24):2655. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7900