Dec 4, 2019

Hospitals sue Trump administration over price transparency rule

Hospitals are taking the price transparency rule to court. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A consortium of hospitals has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that a new rule — which will require hospitals in 2021 to publicly post prices that are negotiated with health insurers — is unconstitutional and unlawful federal overreach.

Why it matters: This lawsuit was expected, but solidifies how the hospital industry is opposed to any regulation that would force them to reveal confidential prices.

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Hospitals vow to take Trump to court

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Hospitals immediately promised to sue the Trump administration after it released two new price transparency regulations on Friday, threatening the future of one of the president's most ambitious health policies.

Why it matters: Politically, the Trump administration could use a win: Most of its other signature health reforms either didn't come to fruition or are tied up in court.

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Hospitals are suing HHS over Medicare payments

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Hundreds of hospitals are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming in a pair of lawsuits that they've been shortchanged on Medicare payments.

Why it matters: Medicare is full of highly technical payment policies that change every year, and hospitals are trying to recoup billions of taxpayer dollars in these cases.

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Hospitals are going to war against Trump's price transparency push

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Hospitals sued the Trump administration yesterday over its requirement that they disclose their negotiated rates, the latest of the industry's moves to protect itself from policy changes that could hurt its revenues.

Why it matters: Hospitals account for the largest portion of U.S. health costs — which patients are finding increasingly unaffordable.

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