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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Hospitals Effort to Prevent Enforcement of Price Transparency Rule

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Healthcare Dive reports a federal appeals court ruled against hospitals’ efforts to stop regulators from forcing them to reveal the secret negotiated prices they reach with insurers, according to an opinion filed Tuesday. 

As previously reported (AHT, 12/10) hospitals are readying for Jan. 1, 2021 when they expect they will have to publicly disclose the negotiated prices they reach with insurers for services performed inside their facilities — barring any intervention from a federal appeals court.  Yesterday, it was reported (AHT, 12/29) the American Hospital Association filed an emergency motion to prevent HHS from enforcing this price transparency rule.

Hospitals were hoping for intervention from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals as the rule requires hospitals to reveal these rates by this Friday. The AHA had previously filed for an emergency motion to block the rule from going into effect but the court rejected it. 

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