Federal regulators issued new guidance on healthcare pricing data that health insurers must post to their Websites. Under the new requirement hospitals cannot block pricing data from web searches, after The Wall Street Journal reported that hospitals used special coding that shielded such information from Google and other search engines.
Under new federal requirements, both hospitals and insurers must reveal long-confidential pricing data, including the rates that insurers pay for services. Hospitals were supposed to post data at the start of this year, while insurers must comply beginning in 2022. The hospital industry had fought the requirement in court but lost.
CMS issued the new guideline March 23 in an online technical forum on GitHub, a website and cloud-based service, that focuses on the insurer-pricing rule; the rule applying to hospitals isn’t covered in the forum, the publication reports.
- Wall Street Journal: Coding to Hide Health Prices from Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
- GitHub: https://github.com/CMSgov/price-transparency-guide