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Hospital Price Transparency: Will It Lead to Lower Prices?

The New York Times partnered with Hilltop senior data scientist Morgan Henderson, PhD, and policy analyst Morgane Mouslim, DVM ScM, on an August 22, 2021 front-page article on hospital pricing. The article highlights variations in the prices some of the largest hospitals in the country charge different insurance companies for the same procedure. What is more, the “cash price” for uninsured patients can be higher or lower than the negotiated rates charged to insurers. A companion article shows just how…

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