ACEP Immediate Past President Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, responded to the Sept. 5, 2018, op-ed by Glenn Melnick, PhD, about emergency departments’ contributions to the high cost of health care with corrections on the misinformation presented and hopes for how these issues could be solved. Read the full response at newsroom.acep.org. Here are some highlights from Dr. Kivela’s response:
“Insurance companies are taking advantage of hospital emergency departments, because they have a federal mandate to provide care, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay, giving negotiating power to the insurance industry.
“Unfortunately, health insurance companies are ignoring a real solution to ‘surprise’ medical bills and misleading customers and the public when they blame physicians. The Fair Health database, which was developed in response to an insurance company that was fraudulently calculating payments for emergency care, is the best mechanism available to ensure transparency and to make sure insurance companies provide fair payments.”