Hospital transparency bill advances to House floor

By Faith Miller (January 23rd, 2019)

A bill requiring hospitals to disclose certain financial information is headed to the state House floor.

Titled “Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy,” and sponsored by Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, the bill would mandate the disclosure of expense reports, patient revenue, available beds, emergency department admissions and more. Some of that information would be posted in an annual report on the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s website.

“This bill will ensure our continued support for rural hospitals and to prepare hospitals for the future in which they are reimbursed for value, not volume,” Kennedy said in a statement.

Lawmakers will consider the legislation Jan. 25, along with several other bills, including a bipartisan effort to include funds for career and technical education in a state grant program.

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