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Monday, December 7, 2015

Send Us Your Out-of-Network Problems

Are insurance companies not offering you in-network contracts? Have you been removed from an insurance company’s network after being in-network for a long time? Are you or your patients experiencing out-of-network or balance billing issues? TMA is determined to demonstrate the cause-and-effect link between insurance company practices and these serious problems for physicians of all specialties. Help us document the specifics by sending the details to TMA’s Hassle Factor Log program. Our Balance Billing Task Force, appointed by the TMA Board of Trustees, met again Saturday at the TMA 2015 Advocacy Retreat. The group heard results of public opinion research we commissioned, discussed physicians’ opinions, and continued to plot out possible legislative responses. The task force is asking that all specialty societies be sure to attend the Interspecialty Society Committee meeting at 2016 TMA Winter Conference (Jan. 29-30 in Austin) to discuss the issue. The Balance Billing Task Force will hold an open forum at the conference to present its white paper on the issue and receive member comments as TMA prepares for the 2017 legislative session.

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