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ACS Continues Fight to Fairly End Unanticipated Medical Billing

The Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently engaged in a grassroots campaign through SurgeonsVoice in support of a congressional sign-on letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR). The letter, led by Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), and Phil Roe, MD (R-TN), expresses concerns with regard to draft legislation developed to address unanticipated (also known as surprise) medical billings, the No Surprises Act. The legislation uses an untenable benchmark payment rate and excludes an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. The ACS previously has expressed its opposition to the No Surprises Act.

On the Senate side, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee reported out legislation that the ACS opposes, the Lower Health Care Costs Act. This legislation covers myriad topics, including the issue of surprise billing, and contains a federally set benchmark payment rate and no IDR process. The next step for the legislation is full U.S. Senate consideration, scheduled for debate in July. The ACS will continue to work to prevent this legislation from gaining final passage in the Senate.

For more information on the issue of surprise billing, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at czlatos@facs.org.

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