Category: Government Regulations

Will Texas Legislators Finally Do Something About Surprise Medical Billing

In February, a bill arrived at our house. It was from some doctor we’d never heard of, who, the bill said, “assisted” in some relatively minor surgery my husband had in early November, more than three months before. Turns out,

Texas doctors group ‘strongly opposes’ proposed law to end surprise billing – HoustonChronicle.com

The powerful Texas Medical Association has come out swinging in its opposition of proposed bipartisan legislation that seeks to end surprise emergency room billing in the state. The lobbying group that represents 53,000 doctors in the state began blanketing lawmaker’s

House bills aim to save taxpayers money by kicking drug middlemen out of Texas Medicaid | Texas Legislature | Dallas News

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2019/03/07/house-bills-aim-save-taxpayers-money-kicking-drug-middlemen-texas-medicaid

Doctors and insurers use patients as human shields in billing cases – HoustonChronicle.com

Doctors and insurance companies have proven they are more than willing to use patients as human shields. Our elected representatives must intervene. The battle is over money, with doctors and hospitals charging higher prices and insurance companies denying more claims.

Bipartisan Texas Bills Go After “Unconscionable” Freestanding ERs 

A bipartisan group of State Senators and Representatives, including local Democratic State Senator Nathan Johnson, filed legislation to allow the Texas Attorney General to address the unreasonable prices charged by freestanding emergency rooms. Johnson joined author Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin and

Stalemate Or Solution? Ga. Legislative Fight Over Surprise Billing Renewed 

The thorny problem of surprise medical billing has once again sparked competing remedies within the General Assembly. Past attempts at a solution have ended in failure and frustration. Whether this year’s bills will actually lead to a resolution is anyone’s

Whistle-blower accuses HCA of fraudulent billing practices – Modern Healthcare

A former HCA nurse accused the hospital chain of fraudulently billing the federal government for services delivered at Regional Medical Center in San Jose to inflate reimbursement. In an unsealed False Claims Act case in California federal court, the whistle-blower claimed that

Coalition of insurance, business and consumer groups want patients protected from surprise bills – HoustonChronicle.com

A diverse coalition of Texas health insurers, business organizations and consumer groups on Monday called on state lawmakers to better protect patients from the financially devastating effects of surprise medical bills. In a consensus letter, the groups representing millions of

Texas mediation for balance billing faces massive backlog | The Texas Tribune

Thousands of Texans seeking government help with surprise medical bills were hit with another shock last year: a clogged-up consumer protection bureaucracy. A massive backlog that began last summer left state regulators unable to provide timely help to the thousands

ACEP: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Policy In Ohio Puts Patients At Risk – Dec 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Ohio Chapter (Ohio ACEP) today came out against a policy that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans to implement in the state on January 1st in which emergency

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