Price Transparency Rules Issued

90-price-transparencyNew guidelines issued by CMS earlier this Spring state that all files uploaded by health plans and insurance carriers must be in formats the public can use. Before issuing this guidance, some files included coding that kept Google and other search engines from indexing names and prices listed by hospitals on their websites, making it very hard for consumers to access the data.

The American Hospital Association lost a suit to block the rule on the basis that HHS lacks the authority to oversee its regulation and such rates are not useful to consumers. According to CMS, hospitals are expected to comply  with these requirements to provide pricing information that is searchable and accessible without barriers.

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