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As a result of a January 2014 report to the Legislature on hospital price transparency, AHCCCS and the Arizona Department
of Health Services established a workgroup of hospital representatives. The Hospital Price Transparency Workgroup will discuss
ways to improve the availability of hospital price and quality information in a format that is useful to consumers.
Findings of this workgroup will be included in a January 2015 report to the Governor and Legislature.
Laws 2013, First Special Session, Chapter 10, Section 37, required the Arizona Health Care Cost
Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to report on
hospital charge master transparency. Specifically, Section 37 required:
On or before January 1, 2014, the director of the Arizona health care cost containment system
administration and the director of the department of health services shall submit a joint report
on hospital charge master transparency to the governor, speaker of the house of representatives and
the president of the senate and shall provide a copy to the secretary of state. The report shall
provide a summary of the current charge master reporting process, a summary of hospital billed
charges compared to costs and examples of how charge masters or hospital prices are reported and
used in other states. The report shall include recommendations to improve the state's use of hospital
charge master information, including reporting and oversight changes.
Full Report: Hospital Chargemaster Transparency Report. [PDF]
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