WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2019) – Below is a joint statement from the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the Federation of American Hospitals on the proposed calendar year 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule:
Hospitals and health systems want to ensure that patients have access to information they need to choose their health care, including their out-of-pocket obligations. This rule, however, is a misguided attempt to improve price transparency for patients because it fails to give them the information they need. Disclosing the negotiated rate between insurers and hospitals will not help patients make decisions about their care. Instead, this disclosure could harm patients by reducing patient access to care. This is the wrong approach to price transparency, and the administration should reverse course on this provision.
Colin Milligan, American Hospital Association, (202) 638-5491
Carl Graziano, America’s Essential Hospitals, (202) 585-0102
Stuart Heiser, Association of American Medical Colleges, (202) 828-0059
Gillian Ray, Children’s Hospital Association, (202) 753-5327
Sean Brown, Federation of American Hospitals, (202) 624-1527