The Clinic made news when it began listing prices for its most commonly used imaging services and procedures online in May at everettclinic.com/price
The Everett Clinic is making news for showing leadership in price transparency:
- “Everett Clinic starts listing some ‘retail’ prices online,” The Seattle Times
"We’re working hard to eliminate the waste, and you improve quality and lower the cost.” – Dr. Al Fisk, Chief Medical Officer, The Everett Clinic
It sends a signal to their patients to talk to them about cost,” said Mary McWilliams, executive director of the Washington Health Alliance, a nonprofit supporting health-care reform. “It’s a very important development that they understand that patients want to know more about costs and the system needs to be more transparent.”
- “The Everett Clinic revealing charges for some tests,“ The Herald
"Patients deserve transparency on what the prices will be…We're really trying hard to have patients understand what their out-of-pocket costs will be for the services here, particularly when it's the more expensive services that they need,” Rick Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, The Everett Clinic
- “Everett Clinic posts prices online for some services,” Puget Sound Business Journal
"In a competitive market, patients should be able to choose knowing what the quality and cost is,” said Dr. Al Fisk, Chief Medical Officer, The Everett Clinic
“With higher deductibles and increasing out-of-pocket expenses, patients are demanding greater transparency in healthcare costs,” said Rick Cooper, CEO of The Everett Clinic. “Pricing information can help patients make informed decisions about getting quality care at a reasonable price.”
Posting prices will be part of an organization-wide effort to ensure patients receive the most affordable and best care possible. The Clinic recently reduced overall fees by 10 percent for uninsured patients and patients paying for services not covered by insurance.
The Everett Clinic has been a strident supporter of price transparency. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report in April praised the Clinic for its efforts to lower healthcare costs and for its support for a state all-payer claims database that would enable anyone to compare the cost of health care services from any provider.
During the 2014 legislative session, a bill that would have created such a database was amended before passage. The original bill would have required all health insurance plans to publicly list how much they pay care providers, so consumers could compare prices. The amended bill made it voluntary for private health plans to list their pricing. As a result only state-run health insurance plans and Medicaid will be required to provide information to the database.
Cooper said The Everett Clinic will continue to advocate for greater health care transparency because it promotes higher quality and more cost-effective care. Healthcare systems can be motivated to make necessary changes when they see other organizations providing the same quality service at a lower cost.
“Being transparent with our prices is the right thing to do for our patients,” Cooper said. “We know patients are comparison shopping for healthcare, and pricing is a factor in their decisions.”