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NASH Endorses Surprise Medical Bills Legislation

The National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals has endorsed the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020, surprise medical bills legislation developed by the House Ways and Means Committee.

In a letter to the committee’s chairman and ranking member, NASH wrote that

NASH supports the bill’s protection of patients from surprise medical bills for care they receive from out-of-network providers; we support the concept of patients receiving an “Advance Explanation of Benefits”; and most of all, we support a mediation process to be used when insurers and providers do not agree on appropriate payments that requires those parties to engage in good-faith negotiations; that employs mediated dispute resolution when those negotiations do not lead to agreement on payments; and that excludes from that mediation the use of specific, standard benchmark rates.

See the entire NASH letter here.

Ways and Means Releases Red Tape Report

The House Ways and Means Committee has released a report detailing its efforts to date to reduce red tape in the delivery of health care and to present steps it might take in the future to continue with that process.

In the first stage of its red tape project, Ways and Means solicited stakeholder input and heard from nearly 300 stakeholder groups.  Next, it hosted roundtable discussions with various groups to review the issues they raised.  Now, following publication of its report, the committee plans to work in consultation with the administration to advance legislation to address some of the challenges that have been brought to its attention.

Among the most frequently mentioned challenges brought to Ways and Means’ attention were:

  • The need for improved flexibility to provide telehealth services
  • Challenges associated with the Stark law
  • Documentation and reporting burdens

Learn more about the committee’s work and the issues brought to its attention in its report “Medicare Red Tape Relief,” which can be found here.