Tenet Shows Hospitals Will Cut Prices For Exchange Patients - But Only So Much

How much will hospitals reduce prices in an effort to win what are expected to be millions of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act? A little, not a lot, if deals disclosed this week by Tenet Healthcare are any indication.

The Dallas-based hospital chain told analysts that its first contracts to treat patients buying policies in the ACA’s online marketplaces next year include total discounts of less than 10 percent compared with existing business. The agreements were made with three Blues plans in undisclosed locations.

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Source: Kaiser Health News