Lawmakers left hospital, insurer contract guardrails out of year-end proposal

Modern Healthcare: Lawmakers decided to eliminate provisions from an end-of-year proposal that would have prohibited anticompetitive healthcare contracting practices.

Congress' end-of-year spending legislation is still in flux, but eight lawmakers that lead key committees didn't ask to curb gag clauses or various types of clauses that would make it difficult for plans to steer consumers to lower-cost or higher-quality providers.

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