Transparency In Coverage – Machine-Readable Files (MRFS)

Under the Transparency in Coverage Rule, issued in 2020 by the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, enforced beginning 7/1/22, health plans and health insurers must publish two separate machine-readable files (MRFs) as follows:

  • In-Network: Negotiated rates for all covered items and services between the plan or issuer and in-network providers.
  • Out-of-Network: Allowed amount paid to, and billed charges from, out-of-network providers for all covered services within a 90-day period.
    The rules require that plans (including clients who sponsor employee benefit plans) post these MRFs on their own public-facing website. However, the regulations allow for a third party to host files on their clients’ behalf.

This link leads to the machine-readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and include negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and health care providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

Access the Machine-readable files