Unpacking CMS’ 2020 Proposed Expanded Rules for Hospital Price Transparency

On January 1, 2019 the Hospital Price Transparency Rule took effect mandating hospitals publish their price lists online in a machine-readable format. Hospitals complied by making their charge description master (CDM) available via download in CSV or similar format. The result fell far short of CMS’ goal of empowering patients to become “active healthcare consumers” and the agency on July 29, 2019, in response to the Trump administration Executive Order on Price and Quality Transparency, proposed expanded rules aimed at more “consumer friendly” transparency.

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Panacea to Present on Pricing Transparency at HFMA Region 2 Fall Institute

Panacea experts will present at the 2019 HFMA Region 2 Fall Institute on how health systems can balance rational price development with the leading practices of healthcare consumerism. 

Pricing Transparency is Here. What Now? What next?

On August 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that was intended to empower patients through better access to hospital price information.  Current laws already required hospitals to make public a list of their standard charges, but the new requirement which became effective on January 1, 2019, required hospitals to publish a list of all charges in machine readable format via the internet, in an XML or CSV format.   The final rule also required providers to update their posted charges no less than one time per year.

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Panacea Insights: Expert Thought Leadership for Today’s Challenges

Dear Healthcare Colleagues, Research shows that in moments of uncertainty, involving a significant decision, people rely on independent experts for help. We turn to someone who can help us wade through the confusing mess of options.  We look for an unbiased third party who is an authority and can point us in the right direction.

Panacea Expands Services to Assist Hospitals in Meeting CMS Price Transparency Requirements

Panacea announces that new services will be offered in conjunction with its proven Hospital Zero-Base Pricing system to help clients better meet the CMS pricing transparency requirements.

Recent survey finds less than half of healthcare providers are ready to publish their standard charges to meet the CMS price transparency requirement

Survey overview:

During a recent webinar on Developing a Pricing Strategy for the 2019 CMS Transparency Requirement, Panacea surveyed 450 healthcare executives to gauge their readiness in meeting the January 1, 2019 CMS Final Transparency Rule deadline. 

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CMS Price Transparency Requirement: Six Steps Towards Ensuring Compliance and Defensible & Rational Pricing

The CMS 2019 transparency requirement underscores their ongoing initiative and emphasis on empowering patients through better access to hospital charge information.

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Developing a Pricing Strategy for the 2019 CMS Transparency Requirement

In October, Panacea sponsored an HFMA educational webinar on Developing a Pricing Strategy for the CMS 2019 Transparency Requriement.    The one-hour webinar was hosted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and featured Panacea financial executives, Fred Stodolak, Executive Vice President and Mark Spehar, Senior VP Financial Services as presenters.

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News: Panacea Responds to CMS Final Rule Effective October 1, 2018 Requiring Hospitals to Publish their Chargemaster via the Internet

Hospitals have just a few months to ensure their prices are rational and defensible to meet the January 1, 2019 deadline. St. Paul, MN—August, 2018—Panacea, a leading provider of mid-revenue cycle management, innovative software and enterprise-level educational solutions announced today that despite industry push-back during the comment period, the CMS Final Rule requires hospitals to […]

On Demand Webinar: Debunking the Myth: Why Charges Still Matter in the Age of Pricing Transparency

The push for health care price transparency is nothing new and can be traced back almost 20 years. When CMS released their proposed 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rules including “requirements for hospitals to make public, a list of their standard charges via the internet”, it further underscored CMS’ continued effort for hospitals and health systems to provide price transparency.

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