Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System

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Posted on 07/07/2014 by VLCT Communications

 

Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer recently released the findings of an investigation into a state database that sheds light on prices, trends, and variation across Vermont’s health care system. The Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES) is a digital catalogue of all fees for medical services and products that insurers paid over the last seven years for Vermont residents. Hoffer’s inquiry found that while the State has made great progress in developing this resource, its entities have yet to fulfill the statutory duty of using the database to better inform consumers about health care. The report, called “VHCURES: Past, Present, and Future – Opportunities for Health Care Price Transparency and Greater Consumer Information,” is broken into three main sections based on the inquiry’s chief objectives, which were to:

  1. Determine how the claims database was used in the past and is used at present;
  2. Identify what plans are in place for a new version of the database; and
  3. Assess the extent to which the database could be used to provide greater transparency of health care costs and to better inform consumers of the price of specific medical procedures

You can read the report here.