The Employers’ Forum of Indiana coordinates initiatives to improve the value received by employers and patients for their health care expenditures.
Sage Transparency 2.0 is currently under construction and will be launched at the National Healthcare Price Transparency Conference on May 13, 2024. Update your bookmarks to SageTransparency.org and subscribe to our newsletter and social media channels for updates.
In May of 2022, the Employers’ Forum of Indiana unveiled a new web-based tool and first-of-its kind hospital value dashboard. Sage Transparency includes hospital price, quality and cost information for thousands of hospitals across the United States in a free, interactive, customizable format which displays data from a variety of sources in easy to understand graphics.
Sage Transparency allows employers, individuals, policy makers, and other interested parties to have evidence-based conversations across the healthcare ecosystem to align payment with high-value care.
RAND Studies – Employer Healthcare Price Transparency
A key initiative of the Forum is commissioning RAND Corp to conduct national healthcare price transparency studies in the country to publicly report relative prices at the hospital level.
The first study in this series, RAND 1.0 published in 2017 analyzed 120 hospitals in Indiana. RAND 2.0 which analyzed 1600 hospitals in 25 states of which Indiana was the highest priced state, was published in May 2019. RAND 3.0, which includes 49 states plus D.C., was published in September 2020. A fourth report was released in May of 2022 which included data from over 4,000 hospitals as well as ambulatory surgical centers. RAND 5.0 is currently underway and will be published in May 2024. These landmark studies can be found on the Forum’s Employer Healthcare Price Transparency Project website.
The Forum has been an active participant in the drafting of many Indiana bills and committee hearing on a wide variety of healthcare topics. A yearly document is published for members as a summary of information of bills passed or introduced.
National Healthcare Price Transparency Conference
In 2019, the Forum began a series of conferences to go in depth on RAND’s healthcare price transparency studies. Employers and speakers from around the country met to hear the results of the RAND studies and discuss solutions to improve the value and cost of healthcare.
The next conference will take place on May 13, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana featuring the results of RAND 5.0 and introducing Sage Transparency 2.0, our interactive healthcare price dashboard.
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