CSMS, medical and specialty societies throughout the county, collaborated with the AMA to voice concern to the House Ways and Means Committee about the impact that unanticipated medical bills are having on patient out-of-pocket costs and the patient-physician relationship. The problem of unanticipated out-of-network bills is complex, and requires a balanced approach to resolve.
As Congress develops potential legislation to provide relief to patients from health care costs that their insurance will not cover, we urge Congress to consider the following policies:
- Insurer accountability.
- Limits on patient responsibility.
- Alternative dispute resolution.
- Keep patients out of the middle.