Federal legislation can protect patients from surprise medical billing

A recent article from TeamHealth dives into how federal legislation can protect patients from unexpected medical billing. 

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on TeamHealth's website

Surprise medical billing imposes severe hardship on many of the 140 million Americans who receive care in an emergency department each year. This phenomenon has many causes, ranging from insurers’ failure to create adequate provider networks to the fact that high-deductible benefit plans expose patients to high out-of-pocket costs.

Many physician organizations, including my own, have petitioned state legislatures and the U.S. Congress to address surprise medical billing. Several states have recently passed surprise medical billing legislation, and others, including Tennessee, are in the process of doing the same. However, because of the nature of federally-regulated, employer-funded insurance coverage, states cannot effectively regulate this practice, and a federal solution is needed. Click here to continue>>

 

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