Fierce Health Payer December 4, 2019
Robert King

Hospitals have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to fight a rule mandating they post payer-negotiated rates.

Major hospital groups and several individual facilities have filed a lawsuit charging the Trump administration’s price transparency rule is “unlawful, several times over.”

The federal lawsuit announced Wednesday was widely expected after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the rule last month that requires hospitals to post payer-negotiated rates for 300 shoppable services. Hospitals have balked at the cost of implementing the rule, which goes into effect in 2021, and warn the regulation could harm price competition.

“Hospitals and commercial health insurers keep the rates they privately negotiate confidential for good reason: it would undermine competition if they were...