An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Surprise Billing and COVID relief

7 so far! Let’s get to 10 signers!

I heard that Congressional leaders are planning to add a benchmark solution for surprise medical billing to a "must-pass" year end omnibus bill or COVID relief package. Emergency physicians are already getting an 8% Medicare pay cut next year, in the middle of a pandemic, due to the sequester and the new CMS fee schedule.More than 80% of the "savings" at the CBO estimates would result directly and exclusively from a 20% cut in commercial reimbursement rates to emergency physicians who do NOT engage in surprise billing. Don't call us healthcare heroes and then treat us like a piggy bank, hitting us with the benchmark rate setting bill that will further defend the emergency care system and EMTALA safety net. Leave surprise medical building out of a Covid relief or omnibus bill.

First sent on December 7, 2020 by Oklahoma Emergency Physicians

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