Newswise — Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) on behalf of its 54,000 members thanked the House Ways and Means Committee for its framework to address surprise medical bills.

“We are committed to protecting patients from surprise medical bills and are encouraged that the House Ways and Means Committee recognizes private market dynamics in its proposed framework,” said ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSCHA, FACHE, FASA. “We also thank the Committee for taking a deliberative and thoughtful approach to this critical issue to ensure a fair solution to surprise medical bills. We look forward to learning more about the proposal in the coming days and weeks and working with the committee to advance legislation that keeps patients out of the middle, safeguards patient access to care and establishes a fair payment mechanism, including an accessible and equitable process in which physicians and insurance companies can address billing disputes.”

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 54,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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