Following the release of updated legislation to address the issue of “surprise” medical bills, the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) released the following statement:
“The ACR appreciates the Ways and Means Committee’s thoughtful approach to resolve the issue of “surprise” medical billing, as reflected in the “Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act.”
The ACR continues to urge lawmakers to adopt a policy that protects patients and ensures they have access to robust provider networks, while also providing a fair and equitable mechanism for both providers and insurers to resolve billing disputes. We are pleased that the Ways and Means Committee has acknowledged the importance of establishing a mediation process that does not exclude providers based on a qualifying threshold.
We look forward to working with the Ways and Means Committee, and others, in the coming weeks to refine this important policy to ensure the mediator can equally consider multiple data points, while still respecting the private market dynamics between insurance plans and providers, and most importantly, protecting patients.”