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The Center Releases Hospital Price Transparency Q & A

CLEVELAND, Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In an effort to help consumers understand complex healthcare jargon and demystify commonly asked questions, The Center for Health Affairs has created a hospital price transparency Q & A. The piece is intended to shed light on a complex topic, one which has been placed under increasing scrutiny in recent years.

Today's healthcare environment requires patients to shoulder a growing portion of their own healthcare costs. As a result, consumers are increasingly asking about out-of-pocket costs for healthcare services, yet for providers, a clear answer can be less straight-forward than it may seem. This hospital price transparency Q & A was designed to answer questions pertaining to hospital pricing and covers topics such as commonly used pricing terminology, the reasons behind price differences and the importance of considering quality.

For more information on the hospital price transparency Q & A visit hospitalpricetransparency.com, or for questions, please contact Tony Gutowski, public policy development manager, at 216.255.3610 or via email.

With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region's healthcare providers. The Center's efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 34 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Top Workplaces in 2014 and 2015, as well as to ERC's NorthCoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more, visit neohospitals.org.

CONTACT: Deanna Moore 216.255.3614 deanna.moore@chanet.orgSource:The Center for Health Affairs