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HCCI Takes an Early Look at U.S. Hospital Price Transparency Data

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Three months after the health care price transparency act came into effect, the Health Care Cost Institute undertook a review of the level of compliance among a sample of hospitals.

The HCCI search of 16 hospitals systems comprised of 222 hospitals spanning ten states found that, as of February 2021, half of the sample hospitals published negotiated prices in any manner, and only one-third published negotiated rates in a manner aligned with the regulation’s intent. Additionally, nearly every hospital examined – compliant and semi-compliant alike – chose to bury the cost sheets deeply on their site and even adjust the underlying website code to ensure only the most determined researchers could find it.

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