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Preparing for the era of provider network transparency

Michael Adelberg ( is Principal in the Washington, DC, offices of Faegre Drinker, and John Weis ( is President and Cofounder of Quest Analytics in Overland Park, KS.

Transparency is one of the top buzzwords in healthcare today. In the last few years, we have seen the rollout of significant healthcare transparency initiatives focused on portable health records, hospital costs, drug costs, quality data, and many other things (e.g., Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First).[1] And yet, with a good deal less fanfare, healthcare policymakers have also put in place the changes necessary to usher in a new era in health plan provider networks—the era of provider network transparency. In the following paragraphs, we discuss the coming of provider network transparency, what it means for health plans, and the steps their compliance teams need to make to prepare.

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