6 recent stories on surprise billing

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Here are six articles that address unexpected patient medical bills, commonly called surprise medical bills.

1. While federal and state governments have wrestled with legislation to stamp out surprise medical bills, state data shows the issue apparently isn't a major problem in southwest Pennsylvania. Read more here.

2. North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Learn more about the legislation here.

3. The House recently held its first hearing on surprise medical bills. Click here for seven things to know.

4. The Federation of American Hospitals, American Hospital Association and American Medical Association came out against bundled billing as a solution to protect patients from unexpected out-of-pocket costs. Read more here.

5. Florida had the highest share of surprise out-of-network medical bills during in-network hospital admissions in 2016 among 37 states and Washington, D.C., according to a reportfrom the Health Care Cost Institute. Click here to see other states with a high share of surprise bills.

6. About 1 in 7 patients received a surprise bill in 2016 after being treated by an out-of-network healthcare professional at an in-network facility, according to a reportfrom the Health Care Cost Institute. Click here for three report findings.


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