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Senators seek industry data on surprise medical bills
Modern Healthcare

As Congress ramps up its efforts to address high surprise medical bills, a bipartisan group of senators want hard data from insurers and hospitals on out-of-network billing practices.

In a letter sent Tuesday to a broad swath of insurers, employers and providers who have been part of legislative discussions, six senators asked insurers how their out-of-network payments compare to Medicare rates and provider charges. The senators also probed whether fixing one area could risk raising costs overall as they asked for data to show whether tying an insurance plan’s out-of-network rate to an average of provider charges would actually drive up premiums.