Divulging Hospitals’ Negotiated Prices Divides Employers

Oct. 15, 2019, 9:14 AM

Employer groups are divided about whether health insurers and hospitals should have to disclose their negotiated prices as proposed by the Trump administration.

Getting access to the rates that insurers have agreed to pay hospitals could be crucial to employers’ efforts to curb costs. But the divide among employer groups as well as opposition from insurers and hospitals may hinder the administration’s effort to make negotiated prices public.

Health insurers and hospitals argue that it doesn’t benefit consumers to disclose negotiated rates because consumers need information on their out-of-pocket costs. “They want to know what’s their co-pay, what’s...

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