Surprise bills vary by diagnosis and type of admission
There has been considerable attention to the issue of “surprise-medical bills,” or the occurrence of out-of-network charges when a patient was unaware of charges and therefore could not reasonably avoid them. Earlier this year, we estimated that 18% of emergency visits and 16% of inpatient admissions at in-network hospitals resulted in at least one out-of-network […]

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An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

An examination of surprise medical bills and proposals to protect consumers from them

The term “surprise medical bill” describes charges arising when an insured person inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider. Surprise medical bills can arise in an emergency when the patient has no ability to select the emergency room, treating physicians, …

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

As health costs rise, enrollees in large employer plans face higher health spending both through rising premium contributions and increased cost-sharing when they use services. On average, health spending by families with large employer health plans has increased two times …