Better Price/Best Price street signs The Trump administration proposal comes amid growingoutrage from patients hit with seemingly exorbitant “surprise”medical bills. (Image: Shutterstock)

Federal officials are proposing new regulations that for thefirst time could allow patients to compare prices charged by various hospitals andother health care providers using data sent to theirsmartphones.

Donald Rucker, who coordinates health information technologypolicy for the Department of Health and Human Services, said heexpects that the rules, first proposed in March, will give patientsnew power to shop for care based on price and quality.

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