Hospitals Scramble As ACA Gives Patients Pricing Leverage

By Jeff Overley (May 24, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT) -- Hospitals are about to enter an era of unprecedented pressure to rein in their pricing, as states use Affordable Care Act dollars to launch consumer-friendly websites allowing comparison shopping for medical procedures and the federal government uses its bully pulpit to decry eye-popping bills, experts say.

The looming challenges were on full display earlier this month when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advertised the latest round of grants from a $250 million pot that will partly go toward helping states fashion online data centers where a few clicks of a mouse will guide patients to detailed information on...

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