Sept. 18: The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is meeting to discuss cost transparency in healthcare. They’ll hear from an administrator from Utah’s St. George Surgical Center, which informs patients about the price of a procedure before it happens. Most patients aren’t so lucky. But there might be a brighter—or, should we say, more transparent—future ahead, since the CMS last month started looking for a company to help build a consumer-facing price comparison tool.
This week, maybe: The ONC is required by the 21st Century Cures Act to create a rule that outlines what types of information-blocking are prohibited. ONC head Dr. Don Rucker has said the agency will release that much-anticipated, long-awaited, and—seriously—very important rule sometime this fall. Sept. 22 is the first day of fall, and since Starbucks already jumped the gun on releasing its pumpkin spice latte for the season, this is the thing you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for.