With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releasing data on hospital outpatient charges and Medicare spending, the age of medical cost transparency may be upon us. In New York, one non-profit organization is already helping patients navigate troves of claims data to be better engaged with their care.

If the age of medical cost transparency is in fact upon us, then perhaps Oct. 27, 2009 might be cited as one of the key dates for this burgeoning movement. It was on that date that an organization by the name of Fair Health was created.

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