HHS wants to redesign the medical billing system
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- May 11, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services wants to improve hospital billing with a simpler invoice and improving patients’ experience with the overall medical billing process.
HHS announced its “A Bill You Can Understand” design and innovation challenge at the Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., on May 9.
The challenge will make awards for the invoice design that is easiest to understand and one for the best transformational approach for improving the billing system. Judges will look for a human-centered design, the use of patient facing materials and technology and how effectively the solution addresses current challenges. Additionally, winning designs must work with existing workflows, data and technology systems.
Submissions will be accepted until August 10, and winners will be featured at the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference in September and on the challenge website. Challenge winners will receive $5,000 each, and health centers and organizations in six U.S. cities have already agreed to test or implement the winning solutions for their patients.
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.