Recently, the private equity companies behind the most egregious surprise billing practices have tried to distance themselves from their bankrupting charges. They say they aren’t balance billing patients, but their actions suggest the exact opposite. We’ve been keeping track.
- Private equity-backed firm, TeamHealth, says it has a “long-standing policy against surprise billing.” Yet Axios reported that the company has sent thousands of surprise bills to patients over the past two years, even suing patients who didn’t pay according to ProPublica.
- Private-equity backed firms and providers have established a successful business model of balance billing patients, often operating outside of insurance networks. Not surprisingly,
While you were preparing your Thanksgiving feast, ProPublica published a harrowingnew investigation about aggressive debt collection lawsuits from TeamHealth against low-income patients struggling to pay staggering bills. Since 2017, Southeastern Emergency Physicians, a subsidiary of TeamHealth, has filed more than 4,800 lawsuits against patients in Shelby County General Sessions Court. This revelation follows a New York Times investigation that identified TeamHealth as one of the main funders behind the dark-money group spending millions to derail congressional efforts to address surprise medical billing.
If you haven't read ProPublica's latest report, This Doctors Group Is Owned by a Private Equity Firm and...
White House: We're Ready To Bring An End To Surprise Medical Bills, Is Congress? (Nov. 27, 2019)
By Joe Grogan, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
After weeks of inactivity, lawmakers have returned home for Thanksgiving where they will get hit with another round of ads from the swamp’s special-interest moneymakers who value profits more than patients. They need to listen to Drew Calver’s story and hear how some tried to turn...
Below is an excerpt from Health Affairs. To view the full post, click here.
Health Affairs: Private Equity and Powerful Physician Groups Raise Another Distraction (Nov. 19, 2019)
By Hunter Kellett, Alexandra Spratt, Mark E. Miller, Arnold Ventures
This summer, Americans were subjected to a barrage of ads from Doctor Patient Unity claiming that a payment benchmark fix for surprise billing—the cornerstone of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Lower Health Care Costs Act—would destroy insurance networks. These benchmark opponents say they represent everyday provider interests but are
A Benchmark Is Already Working In The Largest State In The Country. California Lawmakers Want To See It Go Federal.
Three years after the passage of AB 72, California’s surprise billing law has proved that a fair, local, benchmark solution can stop surprise medical bills while improving health care affordability for hardworking families. Recently, the New York Times examined the success of AB 72, showing that the law has protected patients and increased network participation in the state.
That’s why California state lawmakers are joining consumer and health advocates, employers and labor unions to call on Congress to enact similar reforms to end surprise medical billing and safeguard against unnecessary health care cost increases for patients.
In a new...
Key highlights from the Families USA poll are included below:
- More than 4 in 10 (44%) voters have received a surprise medical bill. ...