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June 25, 2019

For Immediate Release:

Statement from HANYS President Bea Grause on President Trump’s executive order on price and quality transparency

ALBANY, NY — “There is no evidence that the broad-based disclosure of insurer-hospital negotiated prices across a full suite of hospital services helps consumers understand their out-of-pocket costs. Nor is there evidence that it would lower overall health system costs,” said HANYS President, Bea Grause, RN, JD. “Privately negotiated healthcare prices between hospitals and insurers are local decisions based on a variety of factors that support the financial viability of New York state’s not-for-profit hospitals and health systems and help keep healthcare services in communities.

HANYS and our member hospitals and health systems have a longstanding tradition of advocating for protecting consumers from unexpected and unnecessary out-of-pocket health spending. New York’s surprise billing/out-of-network law is a national model for protecting consumers from financial exposure for emergency services and our hospital financial assistance law—originally advanced by New York’s hospitals—protects low-income New Yorkers from hospital bills. Initiatives like these, that make hospital coverage and care more affordable for consumers, should be promoted. The executive order’s misguided approach would do little to help consumers, while increasing costs for hospitals and health systems.

While HANYS has strong concerns about the disclosure of private contracts, HANYS is encouraged that the executive order includes actions that would advance alignment of healthcare quality measures and reporting across Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs. HANYS has long advocated for alignment and published a report in 2016 called Measures that Matter that describes the need for alignment. We strongly encourage the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include HANYS and other stakeholders in the development of the Quality Roadmap.

HANYS’ price transparency principles and Measures that Matter publication are available online.

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.