Plan and Compliance Notices

Gonzaga Medical Plan

Transparency in Coverage 

On October 29, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury jointly released the Transparency in Coverage final rule. One of the requirements of the rule that group health plans and issuers must meet is to make certain price information accessible to plan participants and other stakeholders. This is known as the Public Access Requirement.

What exactly is the Transparency in Coverage - Public Access Requirement? 

The Public Access Requirement is the first of three specific requirements that must be implemented. Group health plans and issuers must make three separate machine-readable files (MRF) publicly available, free of charge by the enforcement deadline of July 1, 2022. The files must be updated monthly and include the following detailed pricing information:

  • In network: Negotiated rates for all covered items and services between the plan or issuer and in-network providers.
  • Out of network: Historical payments to, and billed charges from, out-of-network providers. Files are not required if there are fewer than 20 claims for a service for a provider.
  • Prescription drugs: In-network negotiated rates and historical net prices for all covered prescription drugs at the pharmacy location level (this requirement is delayed pending further rulemaking).

Purpose of the machine-readable files (MRF)

  • To provide raw data in a specific format that can be read by machines without requiring manipulation or other human intervention.
  • They are not intended to be user friendly or easily understood by the average consumer; however, they are an intermediate step that lays the groundwork for a consumer-facing experience, powered by this data, to inform your employees’ decision making.

Click here to access the files provided by Premera Blue Cross:

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