2-2 Short Paper: Hospital Price
Transparency
Overview
Bureaucracy
often dictates rules and regulations. For example, to help consumers compare
prices across hospitals and estimate the cost of care, the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS) published rules governing hospital price
transparency. Hospitals are required to provide clear, accessible pricing
information online about the items and services they provide in two ways:
As a
comprehensive machine-readable file with all items and services
In a display of
shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format
Noncompliance
with the mentioned transparency rule may lead to the penalties and other legal
actions defined by CMS.
This
assignment will help you understand how bureaucracy plays an important role in
forming and reforming the rules. Also, it will support your project work by
helping you understand how policies and new rules impact stakeholders.
Prompt
Write a
short paper focusing on the current hospital price transparency rule. Your
research should include the rule enforcement strategy, how hospitals are
complying with the rule, and the impact of this rule on the healthcare system.
You
must cite at least three sources to support your claims. For additional help
with completing this assignment, refer to the Shapiro Library Guide: Nursing –
Graduate item in the Start Here module. You may also use the Online Writing
Center, located in the Academic Support module.
Specifically,
you must address the following rubric criteria:
1.
Rule Enforcement Strategy: Explain
the bureaucratic strategy CMS is using to enforce the price transparency rule
for hospitals.
2.
Legal Risks and Liabilities: Describe
the legal risks and liabilities associated with the price transparency rule for
hospitals, including how to differentiate between legal risks and liabilities
associated with this rule. Consider the following questions in your response:
o What
are the penalties and other legal actions defined by CMS for noncompliant
hospitals?
3.
Hospital Compliance Preparation: Describe
how hospitals need to prepare in order to comply with the rule of price
transparency. Consider the following questions in your response:
o What
are the guidelines for displaying standard charge information?
o How
does the rule of price transparency apply to federally owned or operated
hospitals (such as a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital)?
o How can
this price transparency rule be improved to help people with low or no internet
access?
4.
Impact on Overall Healthcare System: Hypothesize
the potential effects of the price transparency rule on the overall healthcare
system. Consider the following questions in your response:
o What
are two potential drawbacks of this rule for privately owned hospitals?
o What
are two potential benefits of this rule for federally owned hospitals?
Guidelines for Submission
Your
submission should be a 2- to 3-page Word document. You must also include an
APA-style title page. Use 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and
1-inch margins. Sources should be cited according to APA style.

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