Title: AB 72 brief analyzes impact of medical billing reform law that’s had bad consequences for patients and practitioners
By Sarah Downey, Northern California Record
A new policy brief about the impact of California AB 72 finds that the law – designed to alleviate surprise medical billing – while well-intentioned also has unintended consequences that have increased medical costs and affected quality of care.
The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) brief, “The Menace of Medical Rate Setting: The Case of California’s AB 72,” is authored by Dr. Wayne Winegarden, director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation.
The three-year-old law has caused price controls that have driven more health care providers to consolidate and led to fewer doctors on call in emergencies, Winegarden told the Northern California Record. . .