Payer Transparency Mandate-Machine Readable Files

This document is intended to build awareness and understanding of potential changes and issues related to the future regulatory environment for health care. This document is to be used as an educational tool only - it is not intended to provide predictions of future outcomes, comprehensive implications, or to impart tax or legal advice. Further, the information contained in this document is only informed as of the date of its creation and does not replace a more rigorous review of additional guidance pending from the federal or state government.

Important Notes

  • The information contained in this Machine-Readable File may be difficult to access without certain technology.
    • These files may be large and require a computer that can download at least up to 1TB (terabyte) of data. Most modern hard drives store half of this amount of data. Based on your computer's storage and hard drive, attempting to open or download large files may cause instabilities in Windows, cause performance issues resulting in downloads that could take hours, days or weeks depending on the file size and hard drive combination. For reference: 1TB = 243 high-definition streaming movies (average 2 hours per movie).
  • This mandate is a building block for future customer-facing mandates, including the Price Transparency Tool and the Advanced Explanation of Benefits.
  • The data in the files may not be useful for the average consumer. For example, facilities that are paid based on a percent of charge will not have a dollar amount representing the amount paid for a service.
  • The machine-readable files will be updated monthly to ensure accuracy of the data and reflect changes in pricing and regulatory requirements.