A Senate bill would require hospitals to report to HHS their charges for the 25 most common inpatient and 25 most common outpatient procedures, as well as the 50 most commonly administered drugs. HHS then would make hospital-specific information available on the Internet. The bill is a companion to a measure introduced in the House this summer. One Washington lobbyist said there was no chance Congress would take up the matter this year with a Supreme Court nomination, potential Medicaid cuts and fallout from Hurricane Katrina on the table. The issue, however, might arise next year. The Senate sponsors are Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). The House sponsors are Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Bob Inglis (R-S.C.). -- by Tony Fong
HHS would publish hospital charges under new bill
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