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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Panel Begins Balance Billing Work


In every session for more than a decade, Texas lawmakers have tried to pass legislation that would prevent physicians from billing for services provided out of network. TMA has stopped or deflected those bills, including a slew of proposals in the 2015 session. Physicians in other states have had less success, and now face stringent new laws on how much — or even whether — they can bill patients for the difference between the doctor’s charge and what the insurance company decides to pay. To forestall Texas from becoming the next casualty in this nationwide trend, the TMA Board of Trustees appointed a special Task Force on Balance Billing to develop policy, advocacy, options, and communication strategies. The task force, led by Trustee Keith Bourgeois, MD, met for the first time over the weekend.

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