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PAMED Meets with Stakeholders to Discuss Out-of-Network Billing Legislation

On Aug. 29, 2017, representatives from the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) joined many of our colleagues from medical specialties, including several state hospital-based specialties, at a meeting in Harrisburg hosted by the staff of the House Health Committee. Medical specialties in attendance included the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, the Pennsylvania Radiological Society, the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology, and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists.

The meeting featured discussion on HB 1553, one of the out-of-network billing (often referred to as “surprise” billing) pieces of proposed legislation that PAMED has been following. Additional stakeholders at the meeting included representatives of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, and insurers.

The Health Committee staff listened as concerns were shared about the bill – including the arbitration process, how fair and equitable compensation for providers would be determined, and how notification to patients should be managed.

PAMED will continue to work with and support the specialties as we work with the legislature on this issue. In its current form, PAMED opposes this legislation.

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