RESOLUTION 63-07, 2006: Federal Pricing Transparency
Submitted by Mark Schiller, M.D.
WHEREAS: the federal government is the largest consumer and purchaser of medical services and health insurance;
WHEREAS: federally-purchased medical plans and services, including Federal Employees Health Benefit Program, Congressional health plan, and Medicare, are financed with taxpayer funds;
WHEREAS: system-wide pricing transparency is critical to helping patients make the best medical decisions;
WHEREAS: in June 2006, the federal government took the first step toward transparency by posting physician payment rates for Medicare;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT: the federal government should make public the terms of the contracts, and premiums paid, for federal employees and any other federally-sponsored health plans, including Medicare, the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP), and Congressional health plans, and to publicly post the reimbursement rates paid to hospitals and individual providers under those plans for specific medical services and procedures.