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3 ways ASCs can prevent surprise billing


Patients often hold surgeons and facility owners responsible for any surprise medical bills they might receive, so ASCs should be mindful of surprise billing or risk losing patients, according to Mnet News.

Patients can receive surprise bills when their care comes from in-network facilities because while an ASC might be in-network, some of its medical staff could be out-of-network, Mnet reports. 

Mnet said ASCs should adopt three strategies to prevent surprise bills:

1. Be proactive about making sure most ancillary professionals are in-network. Providers such as anesthesiologists, pathologists and lab professionals might stay out-of-network to receive higher payments than they would if they operated in-network.

2. Clearly communicate to patients. Ensure patients are aware of any services rendered by providers that can't be brought in-network.

3. Pay attention to surprise billing laws. They can restrict what providers are allowed to charge patients for an out-of-network service and mandate that patients give consent to receiving treatment from an out-of-network provider. Five states, including California, New Jersey and New York, have passed laws intended to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Pennsylvania is preparing to pass similar laws.

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