Early results from federal price transparency rule show difficulty in estimating the cost of care
As of January 1, under federal rules issued by the Trump Administration, hospitals are required to publish the price of health services by payer. The federal rule aims to improve price competition by requiring hospitals to publicly list the hospital gross charge, discounted rate, and payer-specific negotiated rates for all available health services and items. […]

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An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

The term “surprise medical bill” describes charges arising when an insured person inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider. Surprise medical bills can arise in an emergency when the patient has no ability to select the emergency room, treating physicians, …

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

As health costs rise, enrollees in large employer plans face higher health spending both through rising premium contributions and increased cost-sharing when they use services. On average, health spending by families with large employer health plans has increased two times …