Many health providers in Missouri think a new federal rule requiring hospitals to post their official “chargemaster” rates for patient costs online is highly misleading.

Dave Dillon with the Missouri Hospital Association tells Missourinet that the those rates are far higher than actual out of pocket expenses.

Dillon says the requirement is supposed to provide transparency but instead amounts to a dump of raw data.

The new rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services went in effect January 1st.