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Court Upholds Mandate to Disclose Negotiated Rates
Gavel (June 26, 2020) – On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the American Hospital Association's legal challenge to stop the Trump administration from requiring hospitals to disclose rates negotiated with insurance companies as part of a price transparency initiative. These negotiated rates cover services including medications, supplies, facility fees and care provided by physicians who work for the medical facility. AHA argued that the rule requiring hospitals to publish these rates violates the First Amendment and does not meet the intent of the Affordable Care Act. KHA was one of 37 hospital associations, which submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of AHA’s position. The court issued a summary judgment decision instead of sending the case to trial. Mindy Hatton, senior vice president at AHA, stated that her organization plans to appeal the court's decision.
--Deborah Stern