• 07 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online

    How Will Price Transparency Engage Consumers?



    Only in healthcare do we routinely make purchases with no idea what we are actually going to pay. That’s why pressure for price transparency for consumers is rapidly intensifying. The rule requires group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets to provide easy-to-understand personalized information on enrollee cost-sharing for healthcare services and to publicly disclose the rates they pay healthcare providers for specific services. 

    In other words, we are quickly moving to a market where people can and will make informed healthcare choices based on price as one of several factors. Far from being just a burden—transparency is actually a tremendous opportunity to differentiate yourself as a healthcare leader in the 21st century.

    Under this final rule, about 200 million Americans will gain access to real-time price information, enabling them to know how much their healthcare will cost them before going in for treatment. In this session, we will start with an overview of the Payer Price Transparency rules. We will cover the basics of each of the requirements, data required to be available and key dates.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Foundational understanding of Payer Price Transparency components and deadlines
    • Understanding of the required machine readable files, key content items and data governance
    • View a price transparency tool that is used by many health plans and TPA’s across the country


    • Sheryl Zarozny, MBA, PMP, CSM – Vice President of Consulting Services, Change Healthcare  
    • Miles Karro - Account Executive & Product Manager, Change Healthcare

    • 07 Dec 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online


    The Data Governance Collaborative (DGC) at MHDC is a collaboration between payer and provider organizations convened to discuss, design, and implement better ways to standardize and share health related data. The DGC incorporates industry standards and automation as much as possible for exchange among payers, providers, patients/members, and other interested parties who need this data.

    The DGC regularly holds deep dives into specific topics related to health data and interoperability. These topics will fall into two categories: 1) types of data and 2) types of care with special needs. These meetings are public and bring the community together to look at data collected, industry workflows, and improvements that could be made related to data standardization and interoperability. 

    The next DGC deep dive will cover images and related workflows and data. It will focus on the images themselves and related metadata, not on the tests and procedures that generate them. We will look at industry standards for image formatting and exchange, FHIR resources related to images, and current image exchange implementations. In addition, we will discuss additional data, features, and exchange mechanisms for future support.

    We look forward to your help gathering information about the current state of and future needs of images, image exchange, and related data within the healthcare ecosystem. Please join us.

    For those of you looking for the next SDOH deep dive, we feel that allowing the industry move forward a bit before our next discussion makes sense. We will hold the second installment in a few months. 

    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online

    Own Your Healthcare Experience:

    An Open-Source Path

    Health Design Thinking" Book Launch Event at GoInvo Studio Features Dr. Bon Ku


    The data that drive our care, the algorithms that dictate our parents’ and children’s care, our neighborhood’s care, our nation’s care, and the decisions behind the everyday health services we rely on are governed by black boxes and are owned and sold by others without regard for the individual patient or the health data they enable.

    Healthcare is too important to be closed. When patients own their health data and demand that healthcare services are open source, the big data aggregators, private equity firms, life sciences companies, providers, payers, and application developers will have to change how they use patient data and prove that their use will directly benefits patients.

    Healthcare is too complex to confer data ownership to anyone but the individual patient or their designee. Fixing problems of patient authentication and identity (“patient matching”), patient consent, and interoperability are impossibly costly and ineffective without the patient solving these problems directly.

    Healthcare is too personal not to have patients owning and controlling their health data. Only the individual should determine whether their data are used for purposes beyond direct patient treatment, payment, and operations. For other purposes, patients should benefit directly, even financially, from any secondary uses of their health data.

    Please join us as Juhan Sonin, the Director of GoInvo, outlines a future of truly patient-centered healthcare.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How you don’t own your health data and why you should. Neither HIPAA nor the EU’s GDPR have provisions for ownership, only access.
    • Health data includes more than you think. Labs and encounters are a tiny fraction of our total “data” package.
    • When you own your data, you control access. Our data rights should include the ability to share, update, sell, and destroy data. All 4 are ownership rights.


    • Juhan Sonin, Director of GoInvo

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