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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