Investors’ Deep-Pocket Push To Defend Surprise Medical Bills

(By Rachel Bluth and Emmarie Huetteman for Kaiser Health News)

As proposals to ban surprise medical bills move through Congress and state legislatures with rare bipartisan support, physician groups have emerged as the loudest opponents.

Often led by doctors with the veneer of noble concern for patients, physician-staffing firms — third-party companies that employ doctors and assign them out to health care facilities — have opposed efforts to limit the practice known as balance billing. They claim such bans would rob doctors of their leverage in negotiating, drive down their payments and push them out of insurance networks.  Continue reading article here…

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