Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 1339.50-59 – CaliforniaStatus: Enacted
Also known as the Payers’ Bill of Rights, seeks to prevent hospitals from “gouging patients” and to help inform patients of the cost of healthcare procedures. It requires each hospital to make available to the public and disclose its average billed charges for the twenty-five most common inpatient and outpatient procedures to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for publication on a website. The Payers’ Bill of Rights also requires hospitals to make its chargemaster, a list of the hospital’s gross billed charges, for the specific services or items publicly available (which may vary significantly from contracted rates).