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Legislation to Protect Physician in Negotiations with Insurers Introduced

Representatives John Conyers (D-MI-13) and Dan Benishek, MD (R-MI-1) have introduced the Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 2014, which provides limited antitrust protections for physicians in negotiations with private insurance companies.

The legislation will give health care providers the ability to negotiate contract terms on an equal level with insurers, including terms that affect the quality of patient care.

In introducing the bill, the sponsors and supporters noted that the immunity insurers have from antitrust laws has led to increasing concentration in the insurance market, which leaves consumers with fewer options. This legislation will work to increase choices and ensure physicians remain on a level playing field in insurance negotiations.

ASPS will continue to monitor the legislation's progress and will keep you informed as we learn more.