PRI Medical Billing Study Featured in Northern California Record

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. . .

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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