LAS VEGAS — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada announced Tuesday the expansion of its transparency initiative beyond Clark County into the entire state. Nevada members from Elko to Pahrump now can access Anthem Care Comparison, an online tool that provides information about costs of 59 specific medical procedures performed at local area hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and free-standing radiology facilities. The procedures now include office visit and chiropractic visit costs.
Anthem Care Comparison has been available in the Las Vegas area since 2007.
In addition, Care Comparison added information for another 20 procedures for a total of 59, including brain MRIs, knee replacement surgery and screening colonoscopies. The cost information is facility specific, so members can compare the differences in cost among hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and free standing imaging centers, as well as get information on how frequently facilities perform each procedure, which can assist the member in assessing the care they seek.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association selected Care Comparison as its national transparency platform for all plans, and each plan gets to decide whether to show the data on its website. Most plans have chosen to do so, which means that members will be able to compare costs for procedures not only for Nevada but also in many markets outside the state.