With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance.
Most hospitals appear to be complying with the rule, according to hospital officials and a small sampling of websites.
However, the feds acknowledge they are not yet enforcing the rule, industry groups are not monitoring compliance, many hospitals are burying the information on their websites, and debate continues about whether the price lists are creating more confusion than clarity among consumers.
The rule took effect Jan. 1, after a year-long controversy about its necessity and usefulness. It requires every hospital in the country — about 6,000 — to post its full price list online.
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