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Important information about Wisconsin Act 146
On March 9, 2010, the Wisconsin Legislature adopted 2009 Wisconsin Act 146 to ensure that health care facilities provide easy-to-access information regarding health care charges and quality.
Bellin Health, a strong and long-time proponent for transparency in health care, is preparing to comply with the specifications of Wisconsin Act 146 by January 1, 2011, the date the law takes effect.
According to the law, health care providers are required to disclose upon request to consumers the median billed charges for specific health care services, diagnostic tests and procedures. The law requires clinic-based health care providers to disclose specified charge information for the 25 conditions for which they most frequently provide services.
Wisconsin Act 146 also requires hospitals to disclose specified charge information for the 75 diagnosis-related groups for which hospitals in Wisconsin most frequently provide inpatient care. Additionally, the law requires insurers providing coverage under disability policies and self-insured health plans of state and local government, to provide to insured patients or enrollees, upon request, an estimate of the total out-of-pocket costs for specified services.