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Exploring the Use of Reference Pricing by Insurers and Employers
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Link to more items from this source
July 17, 2014
"[R]eference pricing may be a promising cost-control strategy when applied to frequently performed, non-emergency tests and procedures where the prices charged vary widely across providers but the quality of results remains largely similar.... However, some experts are concerned about the impact of reference pricing on consumers, particularly the potential for poor communication with plan enrollees, who may unknowingly choose high-cost providers and incur thousands of dollars in medical bills as a result."

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