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Surprise medical bills in ER and inpatient settings are soaring, JAMA finds

The frequency of surprise medical bills in emergency department and inpatient care situations is surging, while the cost of these bills is nearly double in some scenarios, according to a study published Monday in JAMA. ED visits that resulted in a surprise bill leapt from 32.3% to 42.8% in 2016, and for inpatient admissions the… Read More »

Senate health committee takes on surprise bills, price transparency in legislative package

Dive Brief: The leaders of the Senate HELP Committee on Thursday proposed a wide-ranging and ambitious package of healthcare bills, including measures addressing surprise medical billing, price transparency, interoperability, drug costs and public health. One bill put forward would require commercial insurers to make claims data and expected out-of-pocket costs available to patients through application… Read More »

When it comes to surprise medical bills, journalists largely focus on casualties and not the war

Throughout the summer, I saw tweet after tweet calling for an end to surprise medical bills, an issue that’s rising in public importance: Do you know how patients like you get hit with #surprisebills? It’s the surprise insurance gap — when your plan doesn’t cover care you need. In an #emergency, you need your insurance to… Read More »