Over 100 Medical Organizations Let Congress Know: Benchmarking will Harm Patients
In a letter to Congress, the AMA and 110 medical organizations express how rate-setting will result in decreased access and quality of medical care across the nation.
"After ensuring that patients are protected, it is essential that any legislation does not create new imbalances in the private health care marketplace. The health insurance market is already heavily consolidated, which can result in artificially low payment rates and anticompetitive harms to both consumers and providers of care. We are highly concerned that the rate-setting provisions in current bills further shift marketplace leverage to health insurers at the expense of providers. As a consequence, this imbalance will likely lead to access problems for patients seeking hospital-based care from on-call specialists, as well as precipitate staffing shortages in rural areas and other underserved communities."