As executive director of the Wyoming Medical Society, it is my job to provide representation, advocacy and service to Wyoming physicians and work to improve the health of Wyoming’s citizens. As part of our mission, we seek to end the practice of “surprise billing,” which occurs when insurance companies refuse to pay what medical services cost, creating conflict with medical providers or facilities. We are committed to keeping patients from getting caught in the middle, receiving unexpected bills weeks later.
Ending this practice is vital for patients and doctors. But ending it the right way is also vital to the health and vitality of our state’s medical community and the patient communities we serve. Some in Congress are promoting a fixed-rate approach to ending surprise billing that is deeply troubling to providers like my organization’s members.