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Christian Shalgian

American College of Surgeons Commends Ways and Means Exercise of Jurisdiction over Surprise Billing

Ways and Means Committee thoughtfully weighing in on the issue of surprise billing provides hope for better policy solutions

WASHINGTON, DC (December 12, 2019): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) was pleased to see the announcement yesterday that the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means is developing a plan to address the issue of surprise medical billing. The ACS agrees that patients in emergency situations should not be responsible for anything more than the patient’s in-network share of the payment, but opposed recent proposals that would accomplish that goal through the further empowerment of insurers over physicians. The ACS also appreciates what appears to be a congressional willingness to better examine this complex issue and not rush a bad solution to offset other end-of-year health care programs. The ACS continues to urge Congress to develop legislative solutions that protect patients from surprise medical bills, promote access to appropriate medical care, and encourage insurers to negotiate in good faith with physicians to establish adequate provider networks and fair remuneration.

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