Searching For A Solution To Surprise Medical Billing In Calif.

Law360 (August 26, 2019, 2:02 PM EDT) -- In January 2019, the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital made news headlines after it billed $24,074.50 for services it rendered to a patient who was injured in a bike crash. The health plan determined that the reasonable payment for the hospital’s services was $3,830.79, and the hospital then sought to recover the remaining amount it charged by billing the patient.

Though the hospital eventually agreed to reduce its bill, this practice, which is commonly referred to as “surprise billing” or “balance billing” has long been a problem for patients, providers and health care payors. This particular incident spurred a pending bill...

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