The Colorado Medical Society joined the American Medical Association and more than 100 state and national physician organizations to express concern about the impact of unanticipated, or “surprise,” medical bills on patient out-of-pocket costs and patient-physician relationships, and to urge Congress to pass policies to address this issue. The organizations stated in the letter that health insurance plans are increasingly relying on narrow and often inadequate networks as one mechanism for controlling costs, often leaving even the most diligent patients seeking care from in-network physicians and hospitals with unanticipated out-of-network bills. “Physicians and other providers are limited in their ability to help patients avoid these unanticipated costs because they, too, may not know in advance who will be involved in an episode of care, let alone other providers’ contract status with all the insurance plans in their communities.”

Read the full letter here.

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