American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny during an interview with MedPage Today criticized insurers for “surprise billing” patients who receive treatment outside of the payer’s network.
The practice, she says, is a failure of insurers to adequately protect their patients.
“I look at it as somewhat different than ‘surprise billing,'” she said. “I look at it as inadequacy of the insurance companies to successfully negotiate a network.”
McAneny said while she understands insurers generate more money with a tight network, “that’s not fair to patients who expect full coverage.”
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