WASHINGTON, D.C.—Government officials have been talking about more "transparency" in health information to better inform consumers and practitioners of the cost and quality of hospital and medical services. As a first step, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is disclosing data about what Medicare pays hospitals for 30 common elective procedures and other hospital admissions. Patients now can find out how costs vary across counties in the United States for heart operations, hip and knee replacement, kidney and urinary tract operations, and cardiac defibrillator implants.
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