Medical bill Hospitals argue that negotiated rates vary from one insurer to another, and creating one list with all of the unique charges would be overly burdensome. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Despite the current chaos in our health care system, reform efforts–and counter-efforts–march on. A U.S. District Court on Thursday heard arguments from the American Hospital Association and other industry groups challenging the Health and Human Services Department’s much-hyped price transparency rule, currently on track to take effect in January 2021.

The rule would require hospitals to post negotiated rates for various procedures, giving consumers a clearer idea of how much their care will cost. Hospitals argue that the rule creates an undue burden, is a violation of their First Amendment rights and doesn’t fall within the power of the HHS to enforce.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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