President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House en route West Virginia in Washington, July 24, 2019.
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The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would require hospitals to publish the prices they negotiate with insurers, or risk being fined.
The proposed rule, announced Monday, would apply to any hospital that accepts Medicare. Hospitals could be fined up to $300 a day if they fail to post their standard prices and negotiated prices for their services online. Hospitals that fail to comply could be fined up to $300 a day.
The public comment period will be open until the end of September. If finalized, the rule would take effect in January.
President Donald Trump has made lowering health-care costs one of his key priorities. Hospitals and insurers are sure to fight the proposed rule. They’ve already criticized Trump’s executive order requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose negotiated rates for services, saying transparency could actually increase prices.
But the administration argues forcing companies to disclose the negotiated rates can empower patients. As part of the proposal, the administration would require hospitals to publish insurer-specific prices for at least 300 “shoppable services” consumers might shop for beforehand.
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