Becker's Healthcare September 30, 2022
Capping the level and growth rate of healthcare prices could result in “moderate to large” reductions in the prices health insurers pay to providers, the Congressional Budget Office said in a Sept. 29 report.
The CBO said the prices that commercial insurers pay for hospitals’ and physicians’ services are much higher on average and have been rising faster than those paid by public health insurance programs.
“Those rising prices — rather than growth in the per-person use of healthcare services — are an important driver of recent increases in premiums for commercial health plans,” the CBO said in the report. “Higher premiums in turn increase the amount that individuals and employers pay for health insurance coverage and increase...