Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Hospitals sue Trump administration over price transparency rule

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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.

Hospitals are suing HHS over Medicare payments

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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.