Laura Appel Discusses New Federal Price Disclosure Rule

Laura Appel WWMT

MHA Senior Vice President Laura Appel appears on WWMT-TV News Channel 3 on Jan.6Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, discussed the new federal hospital price disclosure rule with the Detroit Free Press and WWMT-TV the week of Jan. 4.

The Detroit Free Press story published Jan. 6 quotes Appel discussing how caring for a surge of COVID-19 patients may impact the rate at which hospitals are able to comply with the federal rule.

“It’s still a pandemic and most organizations are still in what we’d call a surge mode," said Appel. “It’s still a pretty tenuous time, so it wouldn’t surprise me if some (hospitals) said, 'We’re working on it, but we’re not there yet.' "

On Jan. 6, Appel contributed to a WWMT-TV story explaining what is now required of hospitals with the new rule.

"What's now required to be published are each negotiated rate for a particular type of service," said Appel.