A trip to the emergency department can be an incredibly stressful experience. For someone experiencing a medical emergency, getting quality treatment as soon as possible should be the number one priority—not determining which providers are in-network, how much their deductible is, or thinking about how much treatment will cost. More than half of Americans have received a surprise medical bill in the past year for a cost they thought was covered by their insurance. (NORC) Often, these surprises result from a lack of customer understanding of complex insurance benefits or increasingly high deductibles.
Emergency physicians agree that a federal solution would help take patients #OutOfTheMiddle of billing disputes that can sometimes arise between insurers and providers. But, if it’s not done right, patients’ access to care could be in jeopardy and health insurance companies will be the big winners—leaving patients out in the cold.
9.11.19 ACEP to Congress: Action is Needed to Protect Emergency Patients from Surprise Bills
9.6.19 Providers to Congress: Protect Patients from Surprise Bills Without Compromising Access to Care
9.5.19 Small Emergency Physician Groups Urge Congress to Consider Unintentional Consequences of Surprise Billing Proposals
8.28.19 Evidence-Based, Bias-Free Data Is Essential To Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills
7.16.19 ACEP Statement on House Energy and Commerce Markup of Surprise Billing Legislation
6.25.19 ACEP Supports "Protecting People From Surprise Medical Bills Act"
6.24.19 Patients Want Insurance Companies to Take More Responsibility for Surprise Bills, Poll Finds
6.19.19 ACEP Response to Senate HELP Proposal on Surprise Billing
6.13.19 ACEP to Congress: Take Patients Out of the Middle, Prevent Surprise Bills
5.24.19 ACEP and ASA Response to Senate HELP Proposal on Surprise Billing
5.23.19 ACEP Applauds Reps. Ruiz, Roe, and Bipartisan Coalition for Protecting Patients from Surprise Bills
5.9.19 Emergency Physicians: White House Principles Must Go Further to Protect Patients from Surprise Bills
1.28.19 ACEP Presents Framework to Protect Emergency Patients From Out of Network Billing Issues
ACEP Response: JAMA Internal Medicine Study on Surprise Bills is Fundamentally Flawed
Surprise Billing One pager: Protecting Emergency Patients from Surprise Bills
IDR Facts: The Best Federal Solution to Protect Patients from Surprise Bills
IDR Infographic: Keep Patients #OutOfTheMiddle
ACEP Framework: Protecting Patients When Emergency Care is Out of Network
ACEP Capital Minute: Special Edition on Surprise Billing
OpEd/The Hill: Want to solve surprise medical bills? Listen to patients (Dr. Vidor Friedman, July 11, 2019)