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Case Studies

The following resources are case studies from institutions that are leaders in price transparency and in educating the next generation of physicians on health care cost and value. If your institution is innovating in the area, the AAMC encourages you to submit a case study for inclusion.

Price Transparency

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Price Transparency

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Helping Patients Estimate Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s transparency initiative began when Medicare started reporting core measures on hospital quality. Read More >>

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
Comprehensive Out-of-Pocket Cost Estimator
OHSU had no mechanism to give patients a single comprehensive out-of-pocket estimate associated with a surgery that included projected physician, hospital, and anesthesia services. Read More >>

Yale–New Haven Hospital
Engaging Patients in Transparency Efforts and Strategizing System-Wide
Payers and employers in Yale–New Haven Hospital’s market were making changes that made patients more conscious of out-of-pocket expenses, and these changes were driving hospitals to reconsider the pricing of services. Read More >>

Educating Residents

Greenville Health System
Educating Residents to Reduce Central-Line Infections
In 2009, Greenville Health System recognized that it had a particularly high central-line-associated blood-stream infections (CLABSI) rate compared with benchmarked institutions, resulting in unnecessary patient morbidity and mortality and excess cost to the health system. Read More >>

Tufts Health Care Institute
Education for Residents About the Health Care System
The institute’s educational mission is to help physicians and other health care professionals to practice more comfortably and effectively in a high-quality, cost-effective, and patient-centered health care system. Read More >>

University of California, San Francisco
Creation of the Center for Healthcare Value
More than five years ago, Clay Johnston, MD, and Deborah Grady, MD, MPH, began to brainstorm ways to engage academic medical centers (AMCs) in addressing the problem of high and variable health care costs. Read More >>

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Residents Leading a Value Initiative
The AAMC Annual Meeting and came back to Vanderbilt excited about the Choosing Wisely (CW) campaign, a national initiative designed to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time. Read More >>

Price Transparency Resources Compilation

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For more information, or if your institution is innovating in this area and you’d like to submit a case study, please contact Lauren Musick at or 202-828-0562.