Hospital transparency data: Not a good story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Hospital transparency data: Not a good story

I’ve been digging through the hospital transparency data that hospitals were ordered to make public Jan. 1, 2021. It’s not a pretty story. Many hospitals in the New York area are completely out of compliance with the law. Others are nominally compliant, making files available in the way the regulations suggest — but they are […]

Insurer price transparency rule goes into effect

Insurer price transparency rule goes into effect

Insurer price transparency has arrived: The law mandating that health insurers must publicly post prices they have negotiated for almost all procedures and items with hospitals, doctors and other suppliers went into effect July 1, 2022. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote on the web that the move was “empowering consumers with the […]

The new hospital price transparency rule and the details: Implementation, explanation, hitches and so on

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

The new hospital price transparency rule and the details: Implementation, explanation, hitches and so on

The administration’s health price transparency rule went live Jan. 1. We’ve been seeking out and assessing the results; you can find our previous blog posts with that reporting here and here. This post will go into some of the more obscure and messy points of the mandate, including hurdles to implementation, enforcement, definition and so […]

Hospital price transparency, again: The Jan. 1, 2021, disclosure rule, examined

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Hospital price transparency, again: The Jan. 1, 2021, disclosure rule, examined

The administration’s health price transparency rule went live Jan. 1. Already, President Donald Trump is declaring victory. But did it work? Are hospitals complying? Does it matter for patients? Describing the new rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say on their website: “Starting January 1, 2021, each hospital operating in the United States […]

The new hospital transparency rule: The deadline for posting price lists is on Jan. 1, so how did they do?

The new hospital transparency rule: The deadline for posting price lists is on Jan. 1, so how did they do?

The new federal price transparency law is rolling out Jan. 1, 2021, mandating that hospitals have to list prices on their web sites. Describing the new rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say on their website: “Hospital price transparency helps Americans know the cost of a hospital item or service before receiving it. […]

So, Trump says he wants health cost transparency. What’s up with that?

So, Trump says he wants health cost transparency. What’s up with that?

So the Trump Administration issued an executive order on June 24, 2019, saying that it would set in place a process to make health prices available to consumers. Historically, of course, the prices people will pay to the doctor or hospital have been shrouded in secrecy — characterized as “trade secrets” by the hospitals, insurers […]

Medicare head asks Twitter to help enforce price transparency policy

Medicare head asks Twitter to help enforce price transparency policy

Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, called on Twitter a few days ago to help her enforce a new rule on health price transparency. The rule requires hospitals to post their list prices online. It went into effect on Jan. 1, and there was scant information about how it […]

The transparency conversation over hospital price lists: Scorn and more scorn

The transparency conversation over hospital price lists: Scorn and more scorn

The newly released hospital price lists have been kicking up a lot of commentary on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The lists, as we’ve been discussing, are being made public in compliance with a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule that hospitals have to post all their list prices online as of Jan. 1. […]

Hospitals now have to post price lists. Does that mean instant transparency? Uh, no.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Hospitals now have to post price lists. Does that mean instant transparency? Uh, no.

(Updated Feb. 9) Of course we support price transparency in health costs. We think all prices should be public all the time. So let’s examine the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that hospitals should post their charges online in “machine-readable format” as of Jan. 1. This policy is a tiny step […]

Long Covid has many faces: What is it anyway? Some taxonomies of the illness.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Long Covid has many faces: What is it anyway? Some taxonomies of the illness.

It’s been a puzzle since the beginning: What is long Covid anyway? Who has it and who doesn’t? At the beginning of the pandemic, people who didn’t die or get well right away were relegated to some “not really” status – people (including doctors and spouses) refused to believe that they hadn’t gotten well. Friends […]