Resources

This is a list of resources and other information related to Hospital Chargemaster data, in no particular order. Please let us know with a GitHub Issue if you think there is anything missing or incorrect on this page!

Wikipedia has a decent Chargemaster article, this is a good place to start.

Time magazine published an article by Steven Brill about Medical Bills which details the role that Chargemasters play in patient expenses. This article, called “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” is a very good place to start understanding why Chargemaster data is important.

California has required that hospitals publish Chargemaster data for years. You can download the California Chargemaster data from California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OHSPD) using the link above.

Niall Brennan has opinions (as usual) about this, and his points are worth reading. He released a summary in a twitter thread.

NYS Health Foundation also did solid commentary on what data SHOULD have been released in Comments on Proposed Rule to Make Hospital Charges Publicly Available

This survey on hospitals reaction to the new requirement from PMMC is also informative. The highlight is likely that 92% of the hospitals surveyed are concerned by the requirements.