Driving Affordability Through Hospital Price Transparency

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A Community Health Forum

December 1, 2020

U.S. employers spend billions of dollars on healthcare services. However, a lack of information limits the ability of employers to monitor the prices negotiated on their behalf, to implement innovative insurance benefit designs, and to ensure insurers are negotiating favorable prices. If employers have access to the information on prices needed to be better-informed customers, they can do a better job shopping for healthcare on behalf of their employees.

The National Hospital Price Transparency Studies, conducted by the RAND Corporation and led by the Employers’ Forum on Indiana, offer an unprecedented look into hospital prices relative to Medicare, allowing employers to compare costs across states on an apples-to-apples basis.

On December 1, the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative will bring together national and local experts to examine the results of the 2020 study, what they mean for our region, and how we can make healthcare more affordable.

Healthcare affordability affects us all. We invite all health and healthcare stakeholders to join us, including healthcare providers, health plans, employers, government, community organizations, and more.

Featured Speaker

robert smith

Robert Smith, MBA

Executive Director
Colorado Business Group on Health

Since 2010, Bob has worked with the Colorado Business Group on Health on piloting payment reform and promoting value-based purchasing in Colorado.

In his 38-year career as a healthcare executive, Bob has focused on strategic planning, business development, and performance-based contracting. He has facilitated various joint ventures, partnerships, and collaborative initiatives between health care providers and purchasers, working within the community hospital, university medical center, and managed care settings. The health plan he founded and operated for several years was called “the most successful provider-owned plan in the country” by Modern Healthcare magazine. Bob has overseen development and management of over 20 physician organizations.

Event Logistics


Tuesday, December 1, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Information on how to join virtually will be emailed to attendees.

Read the Study

The RAND 3.0 National Hospital Price Transparency Study was released in September 2020. You can read the full report here.

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