Next stimulus bill could force hospitals' hand on price transparency
Such a move could put an end to the court battles over an HHS rule requiring hospitals to post negotiated rates.
By Jennifer Jacobs and Shira Stein|May 19, 2020 at 10:34 AM
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(Bloomberg) –The White House wants Congress to require hospitals and insurers to reveal the prices they negotiate for medical services as part of any additional round of coronavirus stimulus, in an effort to short-circuit a legal battle with the health care industry.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department published two regulations last year requiring hospitals and insurers to make their prices public. The industry has challenged the hospital rule in court, arguing it’s a violation of the First Amendment, and successfully delayed its implementation.
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