As the Federal Trade Commission steps up its enforcement of healthcare competition, issues ranging from hospital consolidation to pricing transparency have become hot-button topics.
So when the agency issued a request for public comments following a March healthcare competition workshop, close to 200 letters poured in.
Groups representing providers and insurers were among the constituents that voiced their concerns on topics ranging from physician regulation to data sharing. Public comments were accepted through May 16.
The American Hospital Association, in a letter dated March 10 (PDF), expressed its support for state regulations that require hospitals to disclose price information for certain inpatient and outpatient procedures. However, it asked for more standardization from payers.
Hospitals are getting caught in the labyrinth of insurance policies such as preauthorizations and admissions requirements, the AHA wrote, and spending more administrative resources on billing and claims processing as well as helping patients understand their coverage.