The latest attempt to tame the healthcare beast is a surprisingly bipartisan effort coming out of the Senate. The Lower Healthcare Costs Act of 2019, introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) would attempt to solve a problem that has attracted considerable attention recently- surprise medical billing.
Surprise medical billing occurs when a patient who has insurance, receives a bill from a doctor after expecting the services they received to be covered and paid for by insurance. This troubling situation mostly occurs in an emergency situation and fortunately does not occur very often. However, when it does, it is aggravating to patients and costly.
The proposed Senate bill attempts to fix this problem by dictating that doctors not on insurance panels are paid a rate that is tied to the Medicare fee schedule in their community. This is a bad idea which will have far-reaching ramifications, ultimately harming patients in the long run.
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