Summary: Two of Portland's hospitals were audited for their compliance with federal healthcare price transparency rules. Healthcare price transparency is a major, common-sense reform instituted during the Trump administration and continued under the Biden administration. It simply allows patients to review and compare prices.
1. What does the federal pricing rule require of hospitals and how are the majority of hospitals falling short?
2. Which local hospitals did you look at and what did you find?
3. When you follow the money, did these local hospitals profit during the pandemic? (In Portland, it depended.)
4. What did these hospitals have to say about the findings that their tools are inadequate? Why are price transparency tools important for healthcare consumers and local patients?