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Hospitals, Insurers Balance at Risk as Congress Tackles Surprise Billing

March 19, 2019, 9:31 AM

Hospitals and the doctors who work in them are facing a battle with insurers over who will have to pay when lawmakers move to protect patients from unexpected high medical bills.

Any potential legislative solution to these surprise medical bills will likely mean doctors who aren’t part of a hospital network will have to change those relationships, a Republican health-care lobbyist said. Those providers typically include anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, and emergency doctors, the patient-care providers at the center of the surprise billing debate.

Those doctors tend not to be employees of the hospital system in which they work, and that’s ...

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