A coalition of hospital
groups lost their attempt to block the Trump administration from requi ring hospitals to disclose the prices they privately negotiate with insurers.
Tuesday Trump tweeted “Patients deserve to know the price of
care before they enter the hospital. Beca use of my action, they w ill.”
The president issued the executive order last summer, belie
ving that price transparency would r educe health care costs.
The plaintiffs, which include three medical or
ganizations and three hospitals, argue patients could be confused by the rates since they are different than their out-of-pocket obligations.
The president’s executive order also requires hospitals to reveal the amounts they are wil
ling to accept in cash for an item or service such as x-rays, outpatient visits and lab tests.
According to the judge’s ruling, this
information must be made public by 2021.
One of the plaintiffs, the American Hospital Association, has already said it plans to
appeal the ruling.
Some experts say the ruling won’t
help consumers because they don’t ty pically shop for medical services.
Posted – 6.24.20