HHS Secretary Leavitt encourages employers to voluntarily adopt health care transparency

On August 22, the President signed an Executive Order requiring various government agencies, including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and their contractors to support health care pricing and quality transparency and interoperable health information technology. Last Friday, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt encouraged all employers and health plans to adopt the tenets of the Executive Order. “If we are going to get a handle on health care costs — and we must — we first need to know what our costs are and what we are getting for our money,” Secretary Leavitt said. “Our nation’s private employers are the major source of health insurance for Americans, and they can help us provide the information consumers need to achieve better value for their health care dollars.”