Washington, DC - Following the announcement on a new surprise medical billing proposal, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement:
“Surprise medical bills hurt patients, consumers and taxpayers. Americans deserve a solution that protects them from surprise medical bills and lowers costs. We remain committed to working with policymakers from both parties to find a solution – this year – that works for patients, consumers and taxpayers.”
“Arbitration is not a solution. It is a new bureaucratic process that creates another loophole for private equity firms to exploit, fails to protect patients from surprise medical bills and raises costs...
Below, see highlights from an op-ed published in the Boston Globe: Ending surprise billing: A moral test for physicians by Ashish K. Jha, M.D., MPH. To read the full piece, click here.
- "Most people, quite reasonably, think that if the hospital is in-network, everyone working there will be too. Some physician groups are exploiting this vulnerability, burdening patients with thousands of dollars in medical debt as a result. How do they do it? By choosing not to negotiate with insurance companies — and therefore charging whatever they want, out-of-network. But $28,000 for a couple of hours of...
Coalition Urges Congress to Maintain Benchmark Provision As Surprise Billing Safeguard, Avoid Arbitration
Following the announcement on a new surprise medical billing proposal, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement:
“Consumers deserve solutions that protect them from surprise medical bills while keeping costs low. The Congress and the President have worked hard to find a solution that keeps these commitments - and we are committed to continuing to work with policymakers to find an effective solution. We especially appreciate the Committees’ work to maintain the essential consumer safeguards to stop surprise medical bills, including a market-based benchmark. Ending surprise medical bills is a critical priority for consumers, patients and taxpayers that we...
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...