Hospital Pricing Specialists Executive Brief
September 13, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

In an article published yesterday, two Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy professors advocate that states use their power to enforce price transparency compliance.

The professors claim, "States are responsible for licensing hospitals and have significant leverage during the licensing process to assess whether a hospital is complying with relevant federal and state laws, including transparency requirements."

Additionally, the professors write, "States can also use their contracting power as the purchaser of health care coverage, whether through the state employee health plan, Medicaid, or state-based Marketplaces, to require all downstream service providers, including hospitals, to be in full compliance with federal law."

As I've written in previous posts, price transparency enforcement has bipartisan support.  Consumers concerned with inflation and medical debt are becoming more price sensitive with their healthcare dollars and politicians are taking notice.

Don't be surprised if states take this article's advice and start using their licensing and contracting power to enforce price transparency compliance.

If you have any concerns with having a fully compliant machine-readable file and/or price estimator tool, schedule a quick call on my calendar:    It's not too late.

Best Regards,

Rick Louie, Managing Director

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