Federal Judge Upholds HHS’ Hospital Transparency Rule

Judge Carl Nichols

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, District Judge Carl Nichols ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s final rule requiring hospitals to disclose their negotiated prices.  The rule was released on Nov. 15, 2019, and set to take effect Jan. 1, 2021.  However, in December 2019, the American Hospital Association (AHA) filed a lawsuit attempting to block the rule’s implementation, stating that the
requirement to disclose negotiated prices violated their First Amendment rights. Nichols ruled that it was within the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) scope to require the disclosure of these negotiated rates, rejecting the AHA’s claims.

Download Sympl’s PDF Summary of Final Ruling:  HHS Final Ruling on Hospital Fee Transparency


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