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Unanticipated Billing

Surgeons, patients, and policymakers are concerned about the impact that unanticipated medical bills have on patients and the patient-physician relationship. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) believes a holistic approach consisting of coordinated efforts by health insurance plans, hospitals, physicians, and patients will be required to remedy this complex issue.

As Congress develops legislation to address this issue, solutions should address network adequacy, level the playing field between providers and insurers, increase transparency of insurance plans, keep patients out of the middle, and provide for an alternative dispute resolution in certain cases. The ACS remains strongly engaged with key Congressional committees as they continue to look for solutions on the issue of unanticipated medical billing.

Unanticipated Medical Billing Overview

ACS Response to the Lower Health Care Costs Act

Dateline DC—Unanticipated Medical Billing Takes Center Stage

American College of Surgeons Applauds Ruiz/Roe Legislative Framework to Address Surprise Medical Bills

ACS Opposes the “Stop Surprise Medical Bills” Legislation Introduced by Senator Cassidy and Bipartisan Senate Working Group

ACS Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Regarding No Surprises Act

ACS Statement to House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

ACS Letter to Congress on Unanticipated Medical Billing

ACS Comments Regarding the Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act

ACS Comments to Key Congressional Committees on Unanticipated Medical Billing