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. […]

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 […]