Premier Inc., a healthcare alliance of 3,000 hospitals and 110,000 other providers, this week sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee warning that the government’s efforts to bring transparency to the healthcare market by releasing data needs context to have value for consumers.

While noting that it has long promoted transparency in the healthcare industry, Premier cautioned senators that the “broad release of provider payment data, without proper context, explanation and linkages to quality and other factors, can lead to incomplete and inaccurate conclusions by patients and other users.” To empower patients to make educated decisions about their healthcare, the alliance urged lawmakers to “ensure that publicly-available data is accurate and actionable and will appropriately drive patients to higher quality and more efficient care.”

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