September 14, 2022
  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a study indicating that the No Surprises Act could lead to 3.5 million more emergency department visits annually. The study’s authors conducted a state-level analysis comparing emergency department visits rates in 15 states that implemented bans on balance billing to rates in 16 states where these bills were not banned. They found that state-level bans reduced spending per emergency room visit by 14 percent, but increased emergency room visits by 3 percentage points. (Study here)