Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    9:00 AM- 12:00 PM EDT
    Brookings Institution

    Falk Auditorium
    1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036

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    Every year, millions of Americans are surprised to receive staggering medical bills after emergency or routine care from a provider they had no idea was outside of their insurers’ network—and often had no control in choosing. While one study in New York of large surprise bills for emergency care found that patients were billed over $3,500 on average, extreme cases can result in bills topping $250,000. Even careful planning may not always prevent patients from receiving surprise bills, as one in five non-elderly adults had received care at a hospital they thought was in-network but were still billed by a non-covered physician, whether an anesthesiologist, consulting surgeon, or other doctor. Yet, while stakeholders and policy experts agree this problem needs to be addressed, they disagree on how to tackle it.

    On Thursday, October 13, the Brookings-USC Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy will release a white paper on this topic, Solving Surprise Medical Bills, and host an event bringing together representatives from health systems, insurers, and consumer advocacy groups, as well as policymakers and experts, to discuss solutions to comprehensively reduce surprise billing scenarios and resolve disputes over reimbursement for out-of-network care. This event will be webcast live. Follow us on Twitter @SchaefferCenter and @BrookingsEcon and use #SurpriseBills.


    9:00 AM- 9:10 AM Introduction and Welcome
    Leonard D. Schaeffer

    Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, USC Schaeffer Center
    Trustee, Brookings Institution

    9:10 AM- 9:45 AM Presentation of "Solving Surprise Medical Bills"
    Mark Hall
    Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law,
    Wake Forest University
    Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

    9:45 AM- 10-:45 AM Panel #1- Addressing the Growing Problem of Surprise Medical Bills:
    Stakeholder Perspectives

    Moderator: Dana Goldman
    Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
    Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy & Economics, USC

    Elizabeth Imholz
    Special Projects Director, Consumers Union

    Tom Priselac
    President & CEO, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Colin Drozdowski

    Vice President, National Provider Solutions, Anthem

    Jeffrey Plagenhoef
    President Elect, American Society of Anesthesiologists

    10:45 AM- 11:00 AM Break

    11:00 AM- 12:00 AM Panel 2- Addressing the Growing Problem of Surprise Medical Bills: Policymaker and Policy Thinker Perspectives

    Paul Ginsburg
    Director of Public Policy, USC Schaeffer Centr for Health Policy & Economics
    Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, Brookings Institution

    Matt Fiedler
    Chief Economist, Council of Economic Advisors

    Neeraj Sood
    Director of Research, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
    Professor of Public Policy, USC

    Zack Cooper

    Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Yale University

    Jack Hoadley
    Research Professor, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University

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