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‘Hospitals Really Didn’t Try To Comply’: Investigation Reveals Georgia Hospitals Are Avoiding Federal Patient Transparency Rule

New reporting from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that hospitals across Georgia are not fully complying with a new federal rule requiring hospitals to post prices.
New reporting from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that hospitals across Georgia are not fully complying with a new federal rule requiring hospitals to post prices.
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At the start of 2021, a new federal rule began requiring hospitals to post prices they charge insurance companies and patients who pay out-of-pocket. The idea is more price transparency is better for patients, who will be better able to understand the costs of a hospital service before they receive it.

Health policy advocates note the rule also means more competition between insurance companies, and more accountability for hospitals.

But a rule only works if it is followed. New reporting from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that hospitals across Georgia are not fully complying. 

AJC health policy reporter Ariel Hart¬†joined WABE’s health care reporter Sam Whitehead on “All Things Considered” to discuss gaping holes in the data statewide.

“There was a lot that was posted in very bureaucratic ways, that maybe if you’re a hospital administrator that would be easy to find, but for your average person, it was just very complicated,” Hart said.

“One hospital, Memorial in Savannah, did a great job of being clear and obvious … and then you got down to the hospitals that really didn’t even try to comply.”