A new mandate that requires hospitals to list their prices online was supposed to clear up some of the confusion involved in picking where to have a procedure. Unfortunately, those lists, called chargemasters, do little to help patients determine how much they'll actually pay, hospital officials say. "We agree wholeheartedly that there should be a way for consumers to know what it's going to cost them to go to a hospital or doctor, but that mandated list doesn't really help achieve that intended goal," said Steve Johnson, vice president of government and payer relations for Erlanger Health System. That's because, Johnson said, each person will owe something different based on how their health insurance plan is designed and the contract the hospital has negotiated with the insurer. "Trying to draw a conclusion based on charges is misleading, because it's actually based on the negotiated rates," Johnson said. "We can provide a quote based on the info available to us — the contracts … [Read more...] about Hospitals must provide price lists, but even they don’t tell the whole story
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Express-News Editorial Board Published 7:04 pm CST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Having hospitals post price lists online so consumers can make informed decisions when it comes to their health care is good public policy. If that information is not user-friendly, however, it’s close to worthless. A rule change by the Centers for Medicare & Medical Services that took effect Jan. 1 requires all hospitals to publish price lists for the thousands of procedures, tests, drugs and supplies that might end up on a patient’s bill. The information previously was available only on demand. Regrettably, the policy change did not mandate hospitals adopt a universal language, or even one that makes sense to non-medical professions. Each hospital is allowed to format the information — commonly referred to as chargemaster price lists — in any form they choose, making it difficult for a layperson to decode. Further complicating matters is that the raw costs … [Read more...] about New rules on hospital price lists fall short
A new federal rule that took effect this year was supposed to make health care costs more transparent by requiring hospitals to disclose their prices to the public. But it may be adding to patients' confusion. Nikki Pogue's recent out-of-network emergency room visit for a viral syndrome left her more fearful of her hospital bill than her illness. Her insurance company only paid $3,000 of her $13,000 bill. "I think that I was expecting that I'd be out of pocket like $2,500, never dreamed I'd be on the hook for $10,000," Pogue said. A new government rule that requires hospitals to post their prices online was supposed to help patients like Pogue anticipate their healthcare costs. But Jeanne Pinder, who runs Clear Health Costs, a website where consumers can look up medical prices, said even she is confused by the hospital price lists. The first problem, she said, is the lists are hard to interpret. There are no uniform standards for how procedures and prices are described. So on one New … [Read more...] about Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache
Get the top headlines of the day in your morning briefing from NBC 4 New York, Monday through Friday. Sign up for our newsletter here. UK Government Faces No-Confidence Vote After Brexit Defeat British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by an historic margin. May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout — 432-202 — was devastating for May's leadership. Immediately after the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it will give Parliament a chance to give its verdict "on the sheer incompetence of this government." Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion. … [Read more...] about Happening Today: Theresa May, Shutdown, Food Inspections, Hospital Price List, Rihanna, ‘Family Guy’
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 15, 2019, 10:17 PM GMT By Nigel Chiwaya and Jeremia Kimelman Hospitals have posted the prices of their services. Good luck making sense of them. Since Jan. 1, hospitals across the country have been publishing price lists online to comply with a new Trump administration rule. But the resulting documents, which can include as many as 60,000 items, are hard to decipher, with descriptions like “ABBOTT TECNIS TORIC ASPHERIC IOL ZCT300 21.0D SE 3.00 CYL.” and “FILL, PULL, VOID.” And if you're not a data analyst or a programmer, you might have trouble reading the files at all. So far, the biggest hospitals have largely complied with the rule. A NBC News analysis of the 24 largest hospitals in the country found that 19 made documents available, although the lists were often buried many clicks deep on the … [Read more...] about You can now get your hospital’s price list. Good luck making sense of it.