Reimbursement Benchmarks Will Exacerbate Surprise Billing Problem

March 6, 2020

Modern Healthcare

For more than two years, emergency physicians have consistently supported federal legislation that protects patients from surprise bills without compromising access to care.

However, setting a reimbursement benchmark based solely on what insurance companies choose to pay only serves their interests, not patients'. Insurance companies already have a long history of eroding or even outright denying coverage of emergency care. Rewarding them for that effort with such a benchmark will only enable them to drive their rates lower, resulting in even narrower networks and even more canceled contracts with higher quality physician groups.

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