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Surprise Medical Bills are Ending, but Controversy Continues

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Surprise Medical Bills are Ending, but Controversy Continues

Say goodbye to surprise bills...

In this JAMA article you'll learn about:
  • Surprise bills happen when privately insured patients unintentionally receive care from out-of-network facilities, physicians, or other clinicians.

  • As of January 1, 2022, surprise bills are now prohibited by the federal No Surprises Act. Patients can waive protections for nonemergency care provided outside their network as long as consent is provided in advance.

  • It is likely that the ban on surprise billing will in fact tilt the scale of market power away from physicians and toward the payers of health care. The biggest financial effects will likely be felt by the minority physician practices.
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