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KABOOM! Biden HHS Proposes Smack-Down on Price-Hiding Hospitals

Today, the Biden Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a series of tough measures to crack down on hospitals that are brazenly flouting rules, in effect since January 1, requiring posting of previously secret negotiated and cash prices for every item and service they provide to patients. As part of the proposed annual …

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AllBetter Health Releases Report Debunking Arguments Against Price Transparency in Health Care

With the recent Biden Executive Order doubling down on Trump-era price transparency requirements on hospitals and insurers, you might think that the Swampian special interests trying to keep hiding prices from patients and other purchasers of care would finally be silenced. But we know that the Swamp never sleeps. Even after the hospitals were absolutely …

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President Biden Doubles Down on Trump Price Transparency Rules in Sweeping Executive Order

Today, the Biden White House issued a wide-ranging Executive Order ordering his agencies to prioritize economic competition in a number of industries, including health care. In particular, the order directs HHS Secretary Becerra to “support existing price transparency initiatives for hospitals, other providers, and insurers along with any new price transparency initiatives or changes made …

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AllBetter Health Releases Devastating Compilation: The Human Cost of the Sick Care Status Quo

For self-funded health plan fiduciaries such as employers and their officers, and for policy-makers bombarded with demands to protect the gravy train from the special interests in the health care supply chain, this list is for you. This list is also for patients and their loved ones, so that they know that they’re not alone …

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Court Ruling Against Aetna and Optum in “Dummy” Billing Codes Case Should Be a Wake-up Call For Self-funded Group Health Plans

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled recently that a class action case could proceed against Aetna and Optum for using so-called “dummy” billing codes whereby Aetna told Optum-owned providers to “bury” charges for these miscellaneous billing codes into the billed charges for the self-funded health plan operated by Mars Inc. The plaintiff, Sandra …

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DC Circuit Sides with Employers and Patients v. Hospitals

Today, three Democrat judges of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals laughed their way through a judicial smackdown of a ruling against AHA in favor of the Trump price transparency rule requiring hospitals to publicly post all their prices – including negotiated rates with insurers and discounted cash prices for the uninsured.

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Talento Talks Health Care on Primary Care Cures podcast with Ron Barshop

AllBetter’s CEO Katy Talento joined host Ron Barshop on the Primary Cares Cures podcast to rant about the broken health care status quo and evangelize about the solutions. In a wide-ranging discussion, they talk about how the plan architects at AllBetter Health are rescuing employers from the grip of the BUCAHs (BlueCross, United, Cigna, Aetna, Humana), …

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KABOOM! Trump Administration Pronounces Death Sentence on Secret Health Care Prices

Today the Trump Administration finalized the Tri-Department (HHS, DOL and Treasury) regulation requiring insurers and other group health plans to post on a public web site three files each month: 1) in-network contracted rates with every provider for every covered service, 2) out-of-network historical allowed amounts paid, and 3) drug prices, net of discounts, rebates …

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