Scissors cutting across graphCost-containment firms provide services such as claims, case, andutilization management to insurers.

Cost-containment companies—businesses that act as middlemenbetween insurance carriers and providers in controlling costs—could be hard-hit by proposedregulatory changes, a new report finds.

The report by Moody's Investor Services says that recent movesin Congress to address concerns about "surprise billing" could significantly affectthe business models of cost-containment firms, which provideservices such as claims, case, and utilization management toinsurers.

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