Cassidy Worries Surprise Billing Legislation Would Cut Doctor Pay Rates

By Ariel Cohen / November 20, 2019 at 5:11 PM
Sen. Bill Cassidy is concerned the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s surprise billing legislation could cause insurers to lower doctor pay rates so low that rural hospitals would close. The Louisiana Republican, who is a physician, is working with Senate health committee leaders to add a provision that would prevent insurers from cutting doctor pay. However, insurance and consumer lobbyists say Cassidy’s concerns are unfounded. Even if insurers cut the median in-network rate by eliminating high-cost contracts, a lower pay-rate...

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