Nov 1, 2019

Trump administration punts hospital price transparency rule

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Hospitals were livid when the Trump administration proposed requiring them to publish the negotiated prices of all their services, but the Trump administration officially put that proposal on the back burner today, after receiving more than 1,400 comments.

The bottom line: "We intend to summarize and respond to public comments on the proposed [price transparency] policies in a forthcoming final rule," the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a final regulation.

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Hospitals dodge price transparency bullet with delayed Trump decision

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The Trump administration is promising to issue a "forthcoming final rule" related to its proposal requiring hospitals to post all of their privately negotiated prices with insurance companies. It delayed a decision in a final regulation released Friday.

Between the lines: Even if the Trump administration follows through and issues a price transparency rule, the industry almost certainly will sue to block it — meaning this policy is years away from seeing the light of day.

Go deeperArrowNov 4, 2019

Trump administration releases health care transparency rules

President Trump with HHS Sec. Alex Azar. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration has released two new rules requiring hospitals and insurers to make their negotiated prices public, giving patients the ability to shop around for care based on price.

The big picture: The rules — one final and one proposed — could have a huge impact on the health care system, and will surely be fought by the industry — including in court.

Go deeperArrowNov 15, 2019

Hospitals vow to take Trump to court

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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.

Go deeperArrowNov 18, 2019