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Capitol Health Call
September 12, 2007

Paying Physicians Promptly

JAMA. 2007;298(10):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.298.10.1153-c

An August 1 House hearing explored ways of reducing delays by health insurers in paying physicians for services rendered. At the hearing of the Subcommittee on Regulations, Healthcare and Trade, Chairman Charlie Gonzalez (D, Texas) warned that insurance companies’ failure to compensate physicians in a timely manner is causing small practices to scale back their operations and limit the types of insurance they will accept.

In testimony before the subcommittee, Cecil B. Wilson, MD, a member of the American Medical Association's (AMA’s) Board of Trustees, said small physician practices have limited leverage with large insurance companies because antitrust laws prevent physicians as a group from addressing payment issues.