President Trump Issues Executive Order To Improve Transparency in Healthcare

Executive Order #13876 - transparency in healthcare

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President Trump issued Executive Order #13876 today, establishing a roadmap toward transparency in the American healthcare system. See the EO, along with video of the news conference below.

Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First

Issued on: June 24, 2019

 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  My Administration seeks to enhance the ability of patients to choose the healthcare that is best for them.  To make fully informed decisions about their healthcare, patients must know the price and quality of a good or service in advance.  With the predominant role that third-party payers and Government programs play in the American healthcare system, however, patients often lack both access to useful price and quality information and the incentives to find low-cost, high-quality care.  Opaque pricing structures may benefit powerful special interest groups, such as large hospital systems and insurance companies, but they generally leave patients and taxpayers worse off than would a more transparent system.

Trump Administration Takes Action To Make Portable Electronic Health Records a Reality

Electronic Health Records

USA Today Opinion Article

We're empowering patients with secure access to their medical data to drive efficient, affordable and high-quality health care.

Imagine a world where you couldn’t access your bank account, other than by going into a branch and filling in huge numbers of paper forms and that every time you went to another branch, you had to fill in another set. Worse yet, what if you couldn’t transfer your own money from one bank to another? This is an unfortunate analogy to the status quo in today’s health care system. Patients lack the ability to control their own information and share it with the doctors and hospitals of their choice. For many Americans, collecting and navigating their own health care records is a frustrating, time-consuming burden that leads to lower quality and higher costs. Until now.