Rising out-of-pocket health care spending and the expansion of high-deductible health plans have increased the cost burden for patients.1 In January 2021, the Hospital Price Transparency Rule was implemented, requiring hospitals to (1) publish chargemaster rates, discounted cash prices, and payer-negotiated prices in a machine-readable file; and (2) publish costs for 300 common shoppable medical services in a consumer-friendly format.
Medical service price disclosure is intended to tame price growth. This is particularly relevant to medical imaging, which is commonly delivered in an outpatient setting and is costly, creating an environment where patients may decide where to consume based on price. We assessed price transparency compliance and price variability for outpatient imaging services among top US children’s hospitals.
Hayatghaibi SE, Alves VV, Ayyala RS, Dillman JR, Trout AT. Transparency and Variability in Pricing for Pediatric Outpatient Imaging in US Children’s Hospitals. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(3):e220736. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.0736
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