CMS proposes requiring hospitals to publish negotiated rates

From Modern Healthcare (subscription required):

The CMS issued several proposed rules on Monday that it hopes will make it easier for patients to understand the cost of a hospital service before accessing care.

Starting in January 2019, the CMS began requiring hospitals to publish their list of retail charges for healthcare services. The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule issued Monday would go a step further by requiring hospitals to not only publish their gross charges, but also the negotiated price by specific payer for a set of “shoppable” services. Those services could include anything that can be scheduled by a patient in advance

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