Schrier and Roe introduce bill to keep directories of health care providers up-to-date
Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-Wash., And Congressman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., Introduced the Supplier Directory Improvement Act (HR 4575). The bill will increase the accuracy of information listed in health plan provider directories to protect patients from off-grid surprise bills.
âWhen a patient is looking for a new doctor, they often consult their insurer’s online directory to make sure that the doctor is part of the network. So imagine the surprise of thousands of people each year when they receive an âoff-gridâ bill for a doctor they’ve been led to believe belongs to their insurance network, âsaid Schrier. âOur bill will require that these directories be kept up to date and accurate. Giving families the information they need at their fingertips to make informed decisions will save people across the country money and headaches. ”
The Supplier Directory Improvement Act requires health plans to prominently display a means for the public to report errors and update inaccuracies within 30 days of notification of an error.
âInaccurate supplier directories can lead to costly medical bills for patients who act responsibly and try to stay in their network. As a physician for over 31 years, more than once in my practice I have been incorrectly listed as a Provider Director which has only increased patient confusion. Ensuring that these directories are accurate is a common sense reform that will make patients better consumers of health care. This is why I am proud to present the Provider Directories Improvement Act with Dr Schrier, which will require health plans that they maintain provider directories so that patients are well informed before they go. to be treated. This bipartisan legislation goes hand in hand with the bipartisan effort to end surprise bills, âRoe said.