In a letter to the editor responding to a recent editorial in Modern Healthcare, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack says hospitals are working to supply information on consumers’ expected out-of-pocket costs. “But we can’t supply accurate, useful information without insurers stepping up,” he writes. “That’s why we’ve urged policymakers to remove the most significant barrier: provider access to accurate cost-sharing information.” Hospitals “also understand the frustration patients have related to surprise medical bills,” he notes. “That’s why protecting patients and taking them out of the middle of negotiations between providers and health plans was at the top of the list of guiding principles we shared with legislators earlier this year. In addition, insurers should maintain adequate networks for access, which rate-setting proposals currently under consideration would inhibit.”

Related News Articles

Headline
The Medicare for America Act could force one-third of American workers off employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a study by KNG Health Consulting…
Headline
The average premium for a benchmark plan at HealthCare.gov will decline 4% in 2020 to $388, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today.
Headline
Near universal health care coverage could be achieved without a complete overhaul of the health system, according to a report released today by the Urban…
Headline
President Trump Friday issued a proclamation requiring most individuals seeking to enter the United States via an immigrant visa to have approved health…
Headline
An estimated 27% of adults under age 65, or 53.8 million, had a preexisting health condition in 2018, according to a study released Friday by the Kaiser Family…
Blog
Regarding Modern Healthcare's Sept.