U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate Health Committee, appears to be ready to shepherd his 165-page draft legislation on surprise balance billing for a vote next week.
In their push to get legislation prohibiting such billing through before the August recess, both the House and Senate have held hearings in the past two weeks on the various approaches to the problem. Those hearings have made the industry battle lines clearer, in terms of how the various industry sectors think that out-of-network providers should be compensated by payors.
Although no single approach appears to be significantly favored at this point, Matthew Albright, former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official reports the lead story during this edition of Monitor Mondays.
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