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Transparent piggy bank A Milliman analysis showed that almost seven of 10 that posted had included a file in all three categories of its criteria.

Requiring hospitals to reveal more details about their pricing structures and strategies was one of the Trump Administration’s signature healthcare accomplishments. In January, the final rules around this price transparency quest took effect. To gauge whether and how hospitals were responding to the new rules, the consulting firm Milliman reviewed the filings of hospital systems representing 600-plus hospitals in 42 states.

Generally, hospitals are beginning to comply with the transparency requirements. Milliman said that most of the systems had posted at least one file, and many were actively posting. One possible problem area: there was little consistency in the form that posted files took. This trend could make it more difficult for regulators to compare the level of transparency among hospitals.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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