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Oppose Legislation that Forces Out of Network Physicians to Accept Median In-Network Rates and Gives Health Plans Unfettered Power to Lower Payment Rates

July 10, 2019 4:36 PM | Anonymous

As a surgeon advocate within your state, the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) needs your immediate assistance to help garner additional opposition to legislation moving through the U.S. Senate, the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 which seeks to address unanticipated/surprise medical billing.

Recently, this issue has garnered much public attention, and has risen to the level of congressional action. While the ACS continues to work with Congress to propose meaningful solutions to address this issue, the College needs your help in opposing this legislation introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA).

This legislation includes a federally benchmarked payment rate tied to the in-network median rate to resolve the issue of surprise billing and excludes a fair Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process.

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