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The hospital price transparency requirements that went into effect in 2021 are beginning to get results as more researchers analyze the data for specific information. A recent study from the University of Maryland illustrates how the law affords insight into how hospitals set fees for various services.

The study, "Hospital and Regional Characteristics Associated with Emergency Department Facility Fee Cash Pricing," by Morgan A. Henderson and Morgane C. Mouslim, examines the emergency department fees set by 1,600 hospitals reported in 2021. The goal is to see how hospitals set Emergency Department (ED) fees for patients paying in cash. The authors note that, due to the millions of Americans who are underinsured or not insured at all, this group represents a not inconsequential number of ED users.

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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.