Month: August 2019

Surprise Medical Bills Study

On June 20, 2019, Peterson-Kaiser published “An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them.” The study used “claims data from large employer plans to estimate the incidence of out-of-network charges associated with hospital stays and emergency visits that could result in a surprise bill.” It also surveyed state and federal … Continued

Ground Ambulances and Surprise Billing Legislation

Ground ambulance bills are the largest source of unexpected out-of-network medical bills according to research by Christopher Garmon, a health economist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research showed that “[i]n more than half of cases involving ambulance transportation, the ambulance services were out of network […].”[1] Over 50% of ground ambulance rides end … Continued