Vālenz Announces Strategic Partnership with Turquoise Health
Database of negotiated hospital rates elevates consumer transparency and choice
With new price transparency regulations requiring hospitals to share previously undisclosed rates for many services, Turquoise Health has created the first comparison engine for consumers to make cost-effective decisions about their care.
With full access to Turquoise Health’s database of hospital rates, Valenz will incorporate the comparison information into its concierge-level navigation program and self-service member portal. Valenz also will utilize the data to build highly efficient networks that drive quality care and customer satisfaction alongside cost savings.
“Our partnership with Turquoise Health aligns with our data-driven ecosystem and helps us take a significant step toward providing the transparency our clients and their members need,” said Rob Gelb, CEO of Valenz. “Not only can we share the cost structure of hospital services to help guide members’ decisions, but we can also help them gauge the quality of the service. It’s a key component of the Valenz promise to assure smarter, better, faster healthcare.”
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As of Jan. 1, 2021, the federal rule requires hospitals to publish a machine-readable file listing their negotiated payment rates for hundreds of medical procedures, as well as a website where consumers can search for services and prices. Initial compliance has been mixed, with reports of some hospitals blocking their pricing from showing up on web searches – making the Turquoise Health platform all the more valuable in elevating transparency.
CEO Chris Severn says its database currently has more than 2,000 verified rates, and the list continues to grow as Turquoise painstakingly combs through and verifies hospital pricing data.
“This is just the beginning of making hospital billing more clear and patient-friendly,” Severn said. “Using both public price rates data and Turquoise participating provider data, we are showing there is a market for transparency in healthcare. We help put negotiating power where it belongs — in the hands of the consumer.”