Sur­prise out-of-net­work bills un­fair to pa­tients, need fix­ing

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent Vi­tal Signs blog, “New AMA leader re­jects grow­ing move­ment to reg­u­late out-of-net­work doc bills” (, June 14), as a physi­cian, I agree with new Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Dr. Steven Stack on many is­sues, but strongly dis­agree with him on this one.

I have learned in Texas that emer­gency room docs and hos­pi­tals can both make more money by hav­ing out-of-net­work doc­tors at in-net­work hos­pi­tals. If there is not fur­ther “in­cen­tive” to re­solve this is­sue, it will not hap­pen. Sur­prise med­i­cal bills in ERs are un­fair to pa­tients.

Dr. Robert Luedecke San An­to­nio

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