The study shows that the physician anesthesiologists are in-network and do not involve unanticipated bills from out-of-network providers. However; ASA believes additional work is necessary to address those small number of cases where patients receive surprise bills. ASA commends Reps. Ruiz and the cosponsors for their proposal based on the successful New York state model ;  a model with robust patient protections that removes patients from billing disputes and holds them harmless from surprise medical bills.

Additional work is necessary

The New York state model has been in place since 2015 and has reduce complaints related to surprise bills while also saving health care dollars. Anesthesiology is define by the American Society of Anesthesiologists as: “The practice of medicine dedicate to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before; during and after surgery.”

Anesthesiologists are involved in around 90% of the more than 40 million surgical procedures that are carried out under anesthetic each year in the United States. This involvement may include direct care of the patient or supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) ;or Anesthesia Assistants, who also play a key role in the field.

Anesthesiologists are involve

During the ASA’s annual fly-in last week, more than 600 physician anesthesiologists met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for a legislative solution aligned with this recent proposal. ASA leadership and staff have also been involve in several Congressional discussions about fair solutions to this issue.

“Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act” released today that protects patients from surprise medical bills  unanticipated bills from providers not in patients’ insurance network. ASA commends Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA); Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Joseph Morelle (D-NY); Van Taylor (R-TX), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA); Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Donna Shalala (D-FL); and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) for this important legislation.

Surprise medical bills

The approach to addressing the problem of surprise medical bills outlined by Congressmen Ruiz and Roe is a fair proposal that puts patients first by holding them harmless from unanticipat bills. The proposal doesn’t pick winners or losers but instead places the dispute where it should be between the health care provider and the insurance company.

I’m also pleased this proposal helps patients by providing greater transparency of their in-network providers while ensuring an independent dispute resolution system to resolve billing disputes.”An anesthesiologist is a board-certified; physician who has attained either a doctor of medicine (MD) ;or doctor osteopathic medicine (DO) degree and chosen to specialize in the field of anesthesiology.