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144.699 Continuing analysis.

Subdivision 1. Acute care costs. The commissioner of health may:

(a) Undertake analyses and studies relating to acute care costs and to the financial status of any hospital or outpatient surgical center subject to the provisions of sections 144.695 to 144.703; and

(b) Publish and disseminate the information relating to acute care costs.

Subd. 2. Fostering price competition. The commissioner of health shall:

(a) Encourage hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, home care providers, and professionals regulated by the health related licensing boards as defined in section 214.01, subdivision 2, and by the commissioner of health under section 214.13, to publish prices for procedures and services that are representative of the diagnoses and conditions for which citizens of this state seek treatment.

(b) Analyze and disseminate available price information and analyses so as to foster the development of price competition among hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, home care providers, and health professionals.

Subd. 3. Cooperation with attorney general. Upon request of the attorney general, the commissioner of health shall make available to the attorney general all requested information provided under sections 144.695 to 144.703 in order to assist the attorney general in discharging the responsibilities of section 8.31.

Subd. 4. Other reports or costs. The commissioner of health shall prepare and file summaries and compilations or other supplementary reports based on the information filed with or made available to the commissioner of health, which reports will advance the purposes of sections 144.695 to 144.703.

HIST: 1976 c 296 art 2 s 5; 1977 c 305 s 45; 1984 c 534 s 6; 1987 c 378 s 2