Hospitals & Organizations Challenging CMS Rule on Negotiated Rates
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 1:49 PM
This morning, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other national organizations, along with individual hospitals from Nebraska, Missouri and California, filed suit against the federal government challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule mandating that hospitals disclose their privately negotiated rates with commercial health insurers.
Per an AHA email, “The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for relief by making the case that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lacks statutory authority to require and enforce a provision that mandates public disclosure of individually negotiated rates between commercial health insurers and hospitals. Additionally, the lawsuit makes the argument that the provision violates the First Amendment by compelling the public disclosure of individual rates negotiated between hospitals and insurers in a manner that will confuse patients and unduly burden hospitals.”
See AHA’s press release for additional information on the lawsuit.
KHA has created talking points for your use when discussing the rule with government officials, elected leaders, the media or staff.