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House panel splits over arbitration for surprise medical bills
Modern Healthcare

Lawmakers of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee appeared split on Wednesday over whether they should give physicians and hospitals a chance to appeal to an arbiter in a balance billing dispute.

The divisions over how to handle balance billing didn’t fall along party lines and peeled both Democratic and GOP representatives from the committee leaders’ bipartisan proposal to set a benchmark price according to the patient’s in-network rate.