In 2015, the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) Price Transparency Task Force launched mycareINsight.org to help meet Hoosiers’ desire for readily available information about the price and quality of the health care available in their communities. The Indiana-tailored website featured hospital charges and quality ratings for the 100 most frequent inpatient procedures. This year, IHA has launched an updated and enhanced tool.
The new mycareINsight.org includes quality and charge information for the 50 most frequent outpatient procedures, giving consumers more robust information and deeper insight into the care available to them. Get the answers to key questions about the newly updated site:
Q: What is new on mycareINsight.org?
A: New outpatient price and quality data, glossary terms and FAQs are now available.
A visitor does not need to know whether the service he or she is searching for is categorized as inpatient or outpatient. Conditions on the “Conditions of Interest” page are now divided into inpatient and outpatient lists, based on the most frequent procedures. Users may also notice new categories of interest that encompass these new outpatient services.
On the results page, quality measures are provided for both inpatient and outpatient services at that particular hospital. These are listed in two separate tables, along with average price information, hospital location and contact information, and the ability to compare multiple hospitals side by side.
Q: Where does this information come from?
A: mycareINsight uses quality measures data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare’s publicly available website, medicare.gov/hospital-compare, and displays indicators of patient satisfaction, mortalities, readmissions, early elective deliveries and infections.
The site uses 2015 charge data based on the all-patient refined diagnosis-related groups (APR-DRG) available through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). For inpatient, it displays the 100 most frequent statewide APR-DRGs. Hospital-specific average charges are available at www.in.gov/isdh/26397.htm. For outpatient, it displays the 50 most frequent procedures performed statewide on patients who were not admitted to the hospital as an inpatient.
Q: How does the updated tool benefit Hoosiers?
A: By using mycareINsight, consumers across Indiana may be able to better understand what goes into hospital billing and understand what questions to ask before seeking treatment. After completing a search for the desired inpatient or outpatient services, visitors are encouraged to contact the hospital from which they wish to receive these services directly. They can do so by clicking the “Contact this Hospital to Learn More” button located on the results page.
GET THE TOOLKIT
Keep your staff and patients up to date on the health care resources available to them. Contact Jennifer Hurtubise at jhurtubise@IHAconnect.org to receive your mycareINsight Member Toolkit.