Federal momentum towards healthcare price transparency surged forward with the June 23 summary judgment of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, upholding the power of the Department of Health and Human Services to require hospitals to publicly post their prices—even those negotiated with insurers.
Laura was due for a mammogram but her local doctor’s office didn’t have the proper equipment. Buying a mammogram online showed her a new way to take control of her healthcare.
No matter the year or decade, the healthcare sector is continually in flux. 2019 saw three significant policy shifts that will impact Americans in the new year.