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This guide helps consumers get answers to their questions about healthcare prices, compare prices for a particular service, and manage their out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
The 24-page booklet, sold in packages of 10,  was developed by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in collaboration with the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American College of Physician Executives, and other leading healthcare associations.
Features include:
  • Step-by-step information about requesting price estimates for healthcare services
  • A checklist of questions to ask before elective surgery
  • An in-depth explanation of in-network versus out-of-network care
  • A glossary of terms related to health insurance and payment.
It’s designed for distribution by hospitals, ambulatory care providers, physicians, and others who have direct contact with patients.
Published in 2014, the Consumer Guide is available for purchase in hardcopy format exclusively through AHA. You may also download a PDF version from HFMA and post it on your website free of charge by visiting .