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FAH: Proposed OPPS Rule “Misses Mark” on Transparency; Patients Need “Actionable” Info

September 27, 2019 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Statement, Transparency

FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn released the following statement after the organization submitted comments on the Calendar Year 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule:

“Patients and their families need actionable information to make their health care decisions. The CMS proposed regulation on negotiated price transparency wholly misses the mark on providing financial information Americans can actually use.

“To start, the regulation’s transparency mandate cannot be implemented, and HHS lacks the authority to even require these disclosures. Beyond that, if carried out, the mandate would backfire, resulting in unnecessary patient confusion and misinformation while distorting the current competitive free market.

“All stakeholders in health care should work towards effective approaches to provide patients with the actionable cost-sharing information they need.

“We hope CMS will carefully consider our concerns about this important regulation.”

You can find FAH’s complete comment letter by clicking here.

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