Medical bill Hospitals accusedCMS 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 pushhospitals to disclose the prices they negotiate with insurers, itmay not have any legal standing to do so.

According to Modern Healthcare, while Congress granted CMSthe power to force hospitals to publish "a list of the hospital'sstandard charges for items and services provided by the hospital"under the Public Health Service Act, legislators never saidanything about negotiated rates.

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Marlene Satter

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