Newly released data allows you to compare prices across hospitals (sort of)
Ultimately, the average prices per MS-DRG (Medical Severity — Diagnosis Related Groups) are very similar for the two hospitals that I briefly looked at, with a handful of outliers.
Using data recently published as part of the requirements of the ACA, we can now start doing some basic comparisons of hospital prices.
I threw this together in about 10 minutes just to see what the data looks like. I don’t expect that patients will use the raw data but this is definitely a starting point for someone to build the “Kayak for Hospitals”