Medicare to Require Hospitals Post Prices Online

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  • US hospitals will have to post their standard prices online and make it easier for patients to access their electronic medical records, Medicare officials said Tuesday
  • Currently, hospitals must make their prices public, but the new rule requires the information to be posted online in a format that can be easily processed by computers
  • However, hospitals’ standard prices aren’t what insurers and government programs pay, so it’s unclear how useful consumers will find the online pricing information
  • WSAZ just ran a story on the WV Hospital Association’s new website to help consumers in this regard.

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