Many Michigan Hospitals Fail to Comply with Federal Price Transparency Rule

PatientRightsAdvocates.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on creating system wide health care price transparency, released its Third Semi-Annual Hospital Price Transparency Report, which showed 16 percent of hospitals nationwide are complying with the federal hospital price transparency rule requiring hospitals to post all prices online in an easily accessible, searchable, and anonymous manner.
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Nearly 85 percent of hospitals nationwide are not in compliance with the federal price transparency rule, including 47 in Michigan. // Stock Photo

PatientRightsAdvocates.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on creating system wide health care price transparency, released its Third Semi-Annual Hospital Price Transparency Report, which showed 16 percent of hospitals nationwide are complying with the federal hospital price transparency rule requiring hospitals to post all prices online in an easily accessible, searchable, and anonymous manner.

In Michigan, two hospitals are complying with the rule: Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

“It is alarming to see that progress on compliance with federal law on transparency has ground nearly to a stop, with only marginal improvement to 16 percent compliance up from 14.3 percent in our previous report,” says Cynthia Fisher, founder and chairman of PatientRightsAdvocates.org. “With enforcement, fines, and transparent hospital accountability, we will see the power shift to healthcare consumers and employers to lower costs.

“The quickest way to substantially improve compliance is through monetary fines which work, as our report shows. We have outlined more than 100 hospitals that HHS could fine today based on criteria applied to the two hospitals they’ve previously fined. That is a great place to start.”

The 47 Michigan hospitals — including many of the state’s largest — that remain in non-compliance are:

  • Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital
  • Ascension Borgess Hospital
  • Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital
  • Ascension Borgess-Pipp Hospital
  • Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery
  • Ascension Genesys Hospital
  • Ascension Macomb Hospital Madison Heights
  • Ascension Macomb Oakland Hospital – Warren Campus
  • Ascension Providence Hospital – Novi Campus
  • Ascension Providence Hospital – Southfield Campus
  • Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
  • Ascension Providence Standish Hospital
  • Ascension River District Hospital
  • Ascension St. John Hospital
  • Ascension St. Joseph Hospital
  • Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Aspirus Iron River Hospital
  • Aspirus Ironwood Hospital
  • Baraga County Memorial Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak
  • Beaumont Hospital – Troy
  • Bronson LakeView Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • DMC Harper University Hospital
  • DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
  • Garden City Hospital
  • Harbor Beach Community Hospital
  • Hills & Dales General Hospital
  • Lake Huron Medical Center
  • McKenzie Memorial Hospital
  • McLaren Caro Region
  • McLaren Thumb Region Hospital
  • Mercy Health Lakeshore Campus
  • Mercy Health Mercy Campus
  • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
  • Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital
  • Munson Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital
  • Scheurer Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
  • Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • Trinity Health Livonia Hospital
  • Trinity Health Oakland Hospital
  • UP Health System – Bell
  • UPHS – Marquette
  • Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Michigan – Taylor Campus

Another finding from the report was that 101 hospitals, or 5.1 percent of the 2,000 examined, did not post any standard charges pricing file to their website, while 1,040 hospital, or 52 percent, did not publish a sufficient amount of negotiated rates.

It was also found that 18 of the 1,000 hospitals reviewed in the February report moved from compliant to non-compliant because they removed plan names from files. Almost all, 97 percent, of previously non-compliant hospitals have become compliant.

Finally, not one of the hospitals owned by two of the largest hospital systems in the county — HCA Healthcare and Ascension Health — are complying.

The two hospitals fined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for non-compliance are now fully compliant and have “exemplary files.”

For more information, visit PatientRightsAdvocate.org.

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