NJSpotlight: Controversial Insurance Bill Advances Even As Doctors Give Dire Warnings

By Lilo Stainton Read this article as it originally appeared on March 6, 2018 in NJSpotlight. Physicians are ramping up their opposition to the Legislature’s effort to address out-of-network health insurance charges, as they claim the effort would reduce access to treatment and actually end up harming patient care. Continue reading

NJ.com: You've been smacked with $1B in surprise medical bills, Jersey. Now lawmakers are acting.

By Susan K. Livio Read this article as it originally appeared March 6, 2018 on nj.com. An Assembly panel approved legislation Monday its supporters said would protect patients from getting socked with bills from out-of-network doctors and hospitals -- a $1 billion problem lawmakers have failed to settle for nearly a decade. Continue reading

ROI-NJ: Arbitration still key to out-of-network legislative fight

By Anjalee Khemlani Read this article as it originally appeared on March 6, 2018 in ROI-NJ. The ongoing battle over out-of-network legislation to help curb the cost of non-emergency, surprise medical bills continues to hinge on the tools arbitrators are given to help resolve disputed bills. Continue reading

PoliticoNJ: Assembly panel approves 'out-of-network' bill, Senate version pulled

By Katie Jennings Read this article as it originally appeared on March 6, 2018 in Politico Pro (You must have a Politico Pro account) TRENTON — A long-debated measure to protect consumers from surprise out-of-network bills advanced along party lines from an Assembly committee on Monday, but was pulled from a hearing in the Senate, where some Democrats remained divided on the heavily lobbied issue. Continue reading

NJSpotlight: Budget debate delays potential out-of-network insurance reform

By Lilo Stainton Read this article as it originally appeared on July 6 on njspotlight.com. Stakeholders, lawmakers, and even critics agree that taming surprise medical charges is a critical issue for healthcare sector to address successfully. Once framed as an urgent priority for New Jersey by Gov. Chris Christie and some lawmakers — as well as a broad coalition of patient advocates, labor leaders and business interests — a proposal to reduce out-of-network medical bills failed to make it to the legislative finish line last week. Continue reading

TAPInto: Senator Vitale’s S-1285 will not lower health care costs

This op-ed originally ran June 28 on TAPInto.com By Dr. Jonathan Lustgarten Sen. Joseph Vitale and his supporters have promised our citizens substantial cost savings if his out-of-network bill, S-1285, becomes law.  He claims that by restricting how much emergency and trauma specialists get paid for saving human lives, New Jersey can save up to a billion dollars a year. The entire medical profession in New Jersey, including our hospitals, opposes this legislation because it would result in dangerous shortages of these specialists. The health of our citizens would be jeopardized. Continue reading

NJ.com: This reform for 'surprise' medical bills puts onus on insurance industry

This op-ed originally appeared June 27 on nj.com Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Essex) has done a commendable job of highlighting the plight of New Jersey citizens who face "surprise" medical bills. Continue reading

The Record: Vitale plan for surprise medical bills hurts patients

This op-ed originally ran on June 26 on NorthJersey.com If you’ve been following the debate over out-of-network benefits, you’ve no doubt heard about the patient charged $49,000 for an overnight in the emergency room after a broken bone or another patient charged $59,000 for a two-day stay after kidney stones. Continue reading

New Jersey physicians unite to have more say in out-of-network billing policies

This article original ran on June 13 in Becker's Hospital CFO Report The New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance, a social action committee, is aiming to amplify physician's voices regarding out-of-network billing policies, according to NJBIZ. Continue reading

NJBIZ: Group aims to give doctors a stronger voice in out-of-network debate

This article originally appeared in NJBIZ.com on June 13, 2017 A surgeon, a lobbyist and a politician walk into a room. That is hopefully going to be a more common occurrence, if the 2-month-old New Jersey Doctor-Patient Alliance has anything to say about it. Continue reading