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March 5, 2020

Price Transparency in Otolaryngology: More Questions Than Answers

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  • 1Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Downey, California
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(4):380-381. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0031

In this issue of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Kondamuri et al1 illustrate the extensive informational gap limiting the ability of patients to understand just how much their health care costs. As of August 2019, only 8 states sponsored price transparency (PT) websites with cost data from all-payer claims databases, with half of these including data pertaining to otolaryngologic procedures. These data, which were of uneven quantity and quality, demonstrated substantial price variation both within and among states for tonsillectomy, diagnostic flexible laryngoscopy, and other common procedures.

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