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Gov. Jan Brewer signs health cost transparency bill

PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring hospitals and doctors to post the prices of their most common procedures and changing the way the state's Medicaid program determines what to pay hospitals.

The bill Brewer signed Wednesday will allow the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to pay hospitals by diagnosis rather than how long the patient stays in the hospital. The idea is to promote efficient patient care and cut expenses.

Brewer vetoed a bill requiring posted prices in April, saying it included tribal and federal hospitals that might not charge for services. Those provisions were stripped out of the language added to the hospital reimbursement bill.

Brewer said Wednesday the requirement will provide important information to Arizonans. Such information matters most to uninsured patients paying cash.

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