A federal judge sided with the Trump administration Tuesday, saying that HHS can force hospitals to reveal the prices they negotiate with insurers.
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington D.C. wrote that HHS had the right to issue the rule because it considered the concerns of providers and payers, acknowledged conflicting information and explained its decision.
“The agency fulfilled its duty to examine the evidence before it and connect it to the final rule,” Nichols said. “That the agency’s proposed solutions may not have been to plaintiff’s (hospital’s) satisfaction does not render the rule the rule arbitrary and capricious,” he wrote in his opinion.
The rule is supposed to go into effect January 1.