Today, PatientRightsAdvocate.org (PRA) released a report revealing that a large majority of hospitals are continuing to hide the cost of care from consumers -- including 36 from Missouri -- two years after a law was enacted requiring them to post their real prices online.
Just 6 of 42 hospitals reviewed were complying with the rule (14%)
Nationally, only 489 (24.5%) were fully complying with the rule.
116 hospitals (5.8%) did not post any standard charges file and were in total noncompliance.
Compliance varied widely among the largest hospital systems in the country:
None (0%) of the hospitals reviewed, which were owned by HCA Healthcare, Tenet Healthcare, Christus Health, Providence, Bon Secours Mercy Health, UPMC, Mercy Health, UnityPoint Health, and Avera Health were found to be compliant.
58% of hospitals reviewed that are owned by CommonSpirit Health and 73% of hospitals reviewed that are owned by LifePoint Health were found to be complying.
The hospitals in Missouri that ARE fully complying:
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph Medical Center
Saint Joseph Medical Center
Saint Louis Children's Hospital
Saint Mary's Medical Center
The hospitals in Missouri that are NOT complying:
Belton Regional Medical Center
Boone Hospital Center
Centerpoint Medical Center
Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus
Cox North Hospital
Freeman Hospital West
Lafayette Regional Health Center
Lee's Summit Medical Center
Mercy Hospital Aurora
Mercy Hospital Carthage
Mercy Hospital Cassville
Mercy Hospital Jefferson
Mercy Hospital Joplin
Mercy Hospital Lebanon
Mercy Hospital Lincoln
Mercy Hospital Saint Louis
Mercy Hospital South
Mercy Hospital Springfield
Mercy Hospital Washington
Moberly Regional Medical Center
North Kansas City Hospital
Northeast Regional Medical Center
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center - Oak Grove
Research Medical Center
Saint Francis Medical Center
Saint Luke's Hospital
Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
SSM Health Saint Clare Hospital - Fenton
SSM Health Saint Joseph Hospital-Saint Charles
SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis
SSM Health Saint Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis
Cynthia Fisher, Founder and Chairman of PRA, has been the leading advocate for increased price transparency in healthcare and voice for patients across the country who suffer from medical debt due to the lack of transparency.
Fisher said the following:
“Hospitals are required by law to clearly show all of their actual upfront prices. The only way to lower the cost of healthcare is to empower all consumers, unions, and workers who purchase plans to have the information needed to shop for care and coverage. Real prices protect consumers and let them fight overcharges and have recourse against errors, upcoding, and fraud.
Systemwide Healthcare Price Transparency has the power to truly transform our healthcare system, but only if the rule is enforced and if hospitals comply. Price discovery makes hospitals and insurance carriers compete on prices, quality, and outcome metrics, and ultimately lowers the costs of care and coverage.”
Please let me know if I can connect you with Cynthia Fisher to discuss the findings of this new report and how hospitals in Missouri are complying/not complying with this rule.
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