Parent companies of LV hospitals sue Trump effort at price transparency

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The parent companies of ten hospitals in Southern Nevada are suing the Trump administration in an effort to keep their pricing schemes secret.  

Universal Health Services (UHS) and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) are going to court to stop the administration from imposing rules that would require hospitals to detail pricing on their website. The American Hospital Association is also a plaintiff.  

UHS is the parent company of Valley Hospital Medical Center, Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, Summerlin Hospital Medical Center and Henderson Hospital.

HCA is the parent company of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Mountain View.

The hospitals oppose Trump’s price transparency rule, the centerpiece of the president’s health care cost reduction effort, that requires hospitals to disclose negotiated rates with insurers. The rule is designed to “empower patients and increase competition among all hospitals, group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets,” according to a news release from Health and Human Services. 

“Right now, there is too much arbitrage in the system,” a senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “There are a ton of vested interests who will oppose this. We expect to get sued. We’re really goring people’s oxes.”  

HCA and UHS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  

“President Trump has promised American patients ‘A+’ healthcare transparency, but right now our system probably deserves an F on transparency. President Trump is going to change that, with what will be revolutionary changes for our healthcare system,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Today’s transparency announcement may be a more significant change to American healthcare markets than any other single thing we’ve done, by shining light on the costs of our shadowy system and finally putting the American patient in control.”

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.