The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) announced recently it will be working with Partners HealthCare, as well as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health Net and Kaiser Permanente to develop recommendations for transparency and public reporting standards for value-based health plans. This effort will aid HCCI in further building out its health care cost and quality transparency initiative.

The independent, not-for-profit HCCI announced in May that it will create and administer an information portal that will provide consumers, employers and regulators comprehensive information about the price and quality of health care. In July, HCCI announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has granted it access to the Medicare fee-for-service data set as CMS’ only national qualified entity. HCCI expects the new transparency tools to be available in early 2015 and will maintain and manage access to the information in a highly secure, protected environment.

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