The network, which is said to bring together about 8 million knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers, announced it would eradicate pro-Trump forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and other content, and even ban users permanently if they publicly back the current U.S. president.
According to the White House, at Trump's direction, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require hospitals to disclose service costs in an "easy-to-read format" and make such information more accessible to patients before they receive their care.
It's unclear how the executive order would be enforced - it's likely to face some blowback from many insurers and hospitals. Some insurance companies now publish prices for common procedures like MRI tests on their websites. "Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy", the site administration said in a blog post. "Because every day, American patients are being taken advantage of by a system that hides critical information from them that they need to make decisions for them and their families".
He says the GOP has the chance to brand itself as the "party of health care" ahead of the 2020 elections. Administration officials acknowledged those concerns and said they would be putting out regulations focused on requiring hospitals to disclose "information based on negotiated rates" and to make it publicly available. It's confusing for patients, and experts say it's also one of the major factors that push up US costs.
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The official also said such negotiated rates already are routinely included in explanation-of-benefit notices insurers send customers following a hospitalization. In addition, the order directs HHS to collaborate with other departments to curb a hospital billing problem that also has gained attention in Congress: patients saddled with unexpectedly large medical costs because they did not realize some doctors who treated them were out of their insurance network.
What's resulted are often confusing spreadsheets that contain thousands of a la carte charges - ranging from the price of medicines and sutures to room costs, among other things - that patients have to piece together (if they can) to estimate their total bill. "This is not some great state secret out there". Coupled with a lower-premium, high-deductible insurance plan, the accounts can be used to pay out-of-pocket costs for routine medical exams and procedures. Employers and patients have complained that such secrecy keeps prices high and makes it harder for employers and individuals to shop for services.
"I'm skeptical that disclosure of health care prices will drive prices down, and could even increase prices once hospitals and doctors know what their competitors down the street are getting paid", Levitt wrote.
- Expanding access by researchers to health care information, such as claims for services covered by government programs like Medicare.