The dramatic changes in healthcare directly impact healthcare providers and consumers. Now more than ever, patients are asking questions about the price and quality of healthcare services they receive as they are asked to make more decisions and pay more out-of-pocket for their services.
Taking all of this into consideration, transparency in healthcare is essential. The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) is focusing on transparency in the areas of hospital price, quality and patient friendly billing. Henry County Health Center has adopted IHA’s recommended Transparency Principles that focus on communication of price and quality transparency. HCHC is committed to equipping our consumers with information regarding quality and cost so they can make informed decisions regarding their healthcare, and to help consumers understand their financial liability prior to engaging in the purchase of healthcare services.
Through the IHA website, consumers are able to access valuable information regarding quality, patient safety, hospital charges, and more. Click this link to access the full website for Iowa Hospital Facts.
- Understanding Hospital Charges: Iowa Hospital Charges Compare allows healthcare consumers to access basic information about services and charges at Iowa hospitals. Iowa Hospital Charges Compare should be considered a starting point for comparing costs of care between Iowa hospitals. Patients should contact individual hospitals to get further details about the possible cost of their care. Patients should also talk with their insurance provider to understand which costs will be covered, and which will be the patient’s responsiblity.
- Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care. The information helps consumers make decisions on where to receive health care, and encourages hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide. Click on this link to see information on Henry County Health Center.
- Quality/Patient Safety Information: The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a provider-led and patient-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a culture of continuous improvement in health care. Through IHC’s efforts, Iowans are provided with a continuously updated “Iowa Report” that provides hospital-specific data related to healthcare quality and patient safety.