Some Insurers May Not Be Ready for Price Transparency Mandates

Insurer price transparency rules are finally starting to come into effect after years of litigation and administrative delays, but it’s not clear whether insurers will be compliant when deadlines arrive. Health care insiders tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that larger carriers have an advantage in implementation and smaller insurers may have a more difficult time keeping up.

Federal enforcement of payer price transparency rules by HHS and the departments of Labor and Treasury will begin on July 1 of this year. That deadline, during which plans will need to “make public machine-readable files disclosing in-network rates and out-of-network allowed amounts and billed charges,” per a government document, is the first of many health plan transparency requirements that will come into effect over the next two years.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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