AMA expresses concerns over bill’s ‘surprise billing’ language

The American Medical Association (AMA) has submitted a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to express its concerns over some “highly problematic” language that is in the ‘Lower Health Care Costs Act’ (S. 1895) that is related to “surprise medical bills.”

AMA says that, “This legislation would tie payments for out-of-network providers to individual plans’ median in-network amounts that we believe will eliminate the need for insurers to negotiate fair provider contracts. The reliance on insurers for claims data and the lack of an independent dispute resolution process are also cause for significant concern.”

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