September 2009




Health insurers point fingers at health care providers


As health insurers face the firing squad for their role in the rising cost of health care, a new study by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) points the finger at health care providers, according to Insurance Networking News.

According to the report, the study prepared by Dyckman & Associates claims that some physicians who decline participation in health insurance networks are charging patients fees much higher than Medicare reimbursement for the same service in the same geographic area. The report cites a physician billing a patient $6,791 for “cataract surgery with insertion of artificial lens”—more than 1100% of the Medicare fee of $581. “As policymakers pursue health care reform, we encourage them to look at how much is being charged for services, particularly since higher charges don’t mean high quality of care,” said AHIP president and CEO Karen Ignagni said in a statement. “With the nation facing the crushing burden of rising medical costs, all stakeholders should be focusing on constructive ways to bring costs under control.”

According to AHIP, similar examples were found in all 30 states where the study was conducted, Insurance Networking News reported.



Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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