About Price Transparency
Hospitals are dedicated to being transparent about pricing, so consumers are empowered to make informed health care decisions. Hospitals are required by law to provide clear, accessible pricing information on their websites about the care and services they provide. This information helps consumers compare prices among hospitals to understand what the cost of their care will be before going to the hospital. Hospitals stand ready to answer any questions patients may have about the cost of their care.
The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the departments) have updated guidance regarding the No Surprises Act independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. The departments have directed certified IDR entities to resume processing all single and bundled disputes submitted on or before Aug. 3, 2023.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to provide an overview of new patient protections and rights under the No Surprises Act.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) will host a Virtual Advocacy Day for its members on Sept. 13 to discuss proposed site-neutral legislation, transparency, and other issues that will affect the financial stability of hospitals and health systems.
The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury have released frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the No Surprises Act independent dispute resolution (IDR) administrative fee. The FAQs are in response to the Texas Medical Association v. United States Department of Health and Human Services opinion and order to vacate the established $350 administrative fee.
On Aug. 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended the independent dispute resolution process.
Older adults who experience acute health events are regularly managed through services provided in multiple settings – emergency departments, inpatient care, and post-acute care settings – and require several risky care transitions. These episodes are among the top drivers of health care costs and poor outcomes for aging populations. Hospitals have responded by implementing cross-continuum strategies to increase understanding of the unique needs of older adults and establish “age-friendly care.” On June 20, CHA will host a webinar where members can hear from West Health, a leader in the development of health care delivery models that improve care and access while reducing costs for the fast-growing, diverse population of older adults.
On June 15, CHA will host a members-only webinar on two proposed rules related to Medicaid programs.
CHA is hosting a webinar featuring Chad Mulvany, Vice President of Federal Policy, and Robert Ducay, Vice President of Policy. Both experts will discuss their insights and potential impacts related to these proposals. They will answer any questions you have about these proposed rules.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its hospital price transparency enforcement processes in several areas.