It appears the Biden administration is going to continue on with the Trump administration transparency work.
“No medical entity should be able to throttle competition at the expense of patients,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, in a news release. “I have fought anti-competitive practices before, and strongly believe healthcare must be in reach for everyone. With today’s proposed rule, we are simply showing hospitals through stiffer penalties: concealing the costs of services and procedures will not be tolerated by this administration.”
But this type of commitment to price transparency appears to be rare among U.S. health systems. As a result, the government is taking a harder stance on enforcement. In a new rule announced three days after the Washington Post published the report, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed stringent penalties for non-compliance: fines ranging from $109,500 to $2 million per hospital per year.
Good thing for patients, a lot of work to complete for health systems.
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