Speaking out against surprise patient bills

VACEP Fellow Trisha Anest, M.D. M.P.H., spoke on behalf of the Commonwealth’s emergency physicians in front of state lawmakers, payers, and patient advocates in Richmond in July. Reporting on the General Assembly healthcare panel was a reporter from the new state political publication, The Virginia Mercury. It was the publication’s first week of reporting.

“I will take care of every member of my community that comes through those doors to the best of my ability regardless of their insurance status,” said Dr. Anest, as quoted in the Mercury. “Insurance companies are aware that this is how emergency physicians operate. It takes all negotiating leverage out from under us.”

Proposed fixes to the issue are likely to be on the table in the 2019 Virginia legislative session. VACEP is working in your best interests, with payers and patients, to find a mutually acceptable solution to ending surprise billing while ensuring continued access to care for patients and fair reimbursement for physicians.

For coverage of the Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission meeting in The Virginia Mercury, click here.