Medical bill Hospitals accused CMS of trying to redefine Congress’s words to change the law, instead of interpreting and enforcing the law as written. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid intended to push hospitals to disclose the prices they negotiate with insurers, it may not have any legal standing to do so.

According to Modern Healthcare, while Congress granted CMS the power to force hospitals to publish “a list of the hospital’s standard charges for items and services provided by the hospital” under the Public Health Service Act, legislators never said anything about negotiated rates.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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