Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Medical bill Out-of-network billing may be more often the exception than the rule, but that’s little comfort for patients unlucky enough to find themselves on the hook for tens of thousands in unexpected bills. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Surprise medical bills, which puts patients on the hook for medical care provided by an out-of-network provider, continue to be a key focus of health care reform. Often, patients are unaware that one of the specialists involved in a surgical procedure is not covered by insurance until they receive the bill months later.

A recent analysis by the Health Care Cost Institute aimed to break down where surprise bills were most likely to come from. Using data from more than 13.8 million patient visits to identify the frequency of out-of-network billing among six specialties: emergency room visits, pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, behavioral health and cardiovascular.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?

Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

More from this author



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.