State Health Department launches new website with healthcare cost and quality data
By New Mexico Department of Health
Santa Fe – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today launched a new website for New Mexico residents to compare Medicaid healthcare costs for nine medical procedures across the state.
The website provides healthcare cost estimates to Medicaid by facility/provider along with overall facility-level quality measures. These measures include the number of eligible healthcare personnel who have received a flu vaccination and patient recommendations of the facility (on a scale of 0-10). New Mexico joins only a handful of other states in making healthcare costs more transparent for its residents.
“Transparency around healthcare costs does not only serve an educational purpose,” said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher, “It empowers New Mexico residents to make more informed decisions about their healthcare options.”
In 2016, national health care spending amounted to $3.3 trillion and experts expect this amount to increase with each new year. Price transparency tools are essential to 1) help providers improve by benchmarking their performance against others; 2) encourage private insurers and public programs to reward quality and efficiency; and 3) help patients make informed choices about their care.
During the 2015 New Mexico legislative session, Senate Bill 323, an amendment was made to the Health Information System Act (NMSA 1978, §24-14A-1/11) tasking NMDOH with providing the public access to a user-friendly website on which healthcare cost and quality data would be available.
To access this new website, please visit http://www.nmhealthcarecompare.com.