Surprise Balance Billing Study Raises Serious Questions
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Intro: Cooper paper sets organized EM back a pace This summer Zack Cooper et al gave a kick in the teeth to efforts by ACEP, EDPMA, and Physicians for Fair Coverage to try to reframe the message about balance billing … Continue reading

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Emergency Medicine Up Against the Ropes
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The specialty of emergency medicine has often found itself under attack, particularly by insurance plans and consumer advocates.  The former is understandable, the later never made much sense to me, given that emergency physicians provide more un-reimbursed care to the … Continue reading

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Impact of Trump’s Election on Emergency Care
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I read an excellent article in Modern Healthcare by Harris Meyer on the likely outcome of the Trump Administration’s effort to transform the healthcare industry, and thought it would be a good place from which to try to predict the … Continue reading

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Caring for Veterans: A Claims Challenge
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For some time now, the Veterans’ Administration has been making it very difficult for emergency physicians (EPs) to get paid for providing non-service connected emergency care to veterans covered under the Mill Bill when the veteran is admitted from the … Continue reading

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Brookings Institute Misfires on Surprise Balance Billing
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Although the Brookings Institute did a fairly thorough review of the surprise balance billing issue, they missed a few key points: Their paper states: “Why should emergency providers avoid price hikes or agree to substantial discounts if the law requires … Continue reading

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