AMA defends IDR process in letter to Congressional committees


The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the members of four Congressional committees that have jurisdiction over the surprise billing issue to respond to statements that have been made by health insurers and others that the independent dispute resolution (IDR) process that is included in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s ‘No Surprises Act’ would “price gouge” patients.

The AMA letter points out that, “(IDR) models have been successfully implemented in several states and are a proven solution to resolving these disputes while fully protecting the patient. In fact, despite political advertisements stating otherwise, the patient is in no way involved or affected by a decision by either party to engage in the IDR process.”

The four committees include the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Education and Labor Committee.

AMA letter