Hospitals would be required to report to HHS on a quarterly basis the average and median prices of their 25 most common inpatient and outpatient procedures and 50 most prescribed medications, under bipartisan legislation introduced in the House. HHS would promptly post the information online by individual hospital. The bill, introduced by Reps. Dan Lipinksi (D-Ill.) and Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), follows a movement among states to require hospitals to publicly disclose charges, as well as voluntary initiatives to post charges online by several state hospital associations. A companion bill has not been introduced in the Senate. Lipinksi said in a news release that the information would allow consumers to shop for the best prices and that hospitals would respond by reducing prices and improving quality. -- by Tony Fong
Push to post hospital prices online goes national
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