price transparency

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    Sen. Paul introduces universal HSA bill

    U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently introduced a bill that would dramatically liberalize the rules and regulations regarding health savings accounts (HSA). HSA’s are accounts that individuals and employers can donate tax-free dollars to be used on qualified health expenses. Currently, the law says that only those who have…
    Jordan Roberts, August 3, 2020
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    Hospitals must disclose prices, judge rules

    A federal judge ruled the Department of Health and Human Services’ rule to force hospitals to disclose their negotiated prices with insurers was legal. The rule, introduced last November, was quickly challenged in court by America’s powerful hospital lobby. Michael Brady of Modern Healthcare reported: During …
    Jordan Roberts, June 24, 2020
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    Treasurer Dale Folwell Demands Price Transparency

    On Friday, March 20, 2020, State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced his intention to rescue the State Health Plan with price transparency. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak reports: With the State Health Plan, Folwell blames inflated prices and “secret contracts” for its financial woes. But his Clear Pricing Project was blocked last year, when…
    Brenee Goforth, March 23, 2020
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    NO SURPRISE BILLS at Greenville Surgery Center

    Imagine going into a surgery knowing exactly what your bill would be at the end. It’s hard to imagine in America’s secretive world of health care, but that is exactly what Greenville-based surgeon Wade Naziri offers at his independent surgery center. Carolina Journal reporter Julie Havlak wrote a story this…
    Brenee Goforth, February 28, 2020
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    Trump administration’s new transparency rule

    Last week the Trump administration announced it would begin forcing hospitals to publically disclose the rates in which they negotiate with insurers.  I wrote about this on the blog back when the administration was mulling the idea. Now we have the final rule. …
    Jordan Roberts, November 19, 2019
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    Trump’s new transparency executive order

    Yesterday the President signed an executive order to direct his cabinet agencies to create rules which would increase price transparency in the healthcare sector. The final rules will require hospitals and insurers to disclose their negotiated rates to the public.  Didn’t the Trump Administration already require…
    Jordan Roberts, June 25, 2019
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    Trump admin considering mandate for more healthcare price transparency

    The Trump administration is weighing whether to require hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers to disclose negotiated rates with insurers. According to the Wall Street Journal: Mandating public disclosure of the rates would upend a longstanding industry practice and put…
    Jordan Roberts, March 8, 2019
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    NYT op-ed considers benefits of a new Trump hospital rule

    Due to the on-going government shutdown and myriad of other national news stories, you probably missed a significant policy change aimed at hospital prices. The Trump Administration created a new federal rule that hospitals must post their prices to all of the procedures they perform…
    Jordan Roberts, January 22, 2019