Fairfax, VA – The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), the leading professional association focused exclusively on the healthcare revenue cycle applauds The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s 48-0 vote to send H.R. 3630, the No Surprises Act, to the full House of Representatives for consideration. This legislation seeks to protect patients and families from “surprise” or out-of-network medical bills, which has become a major issue for patients.

“AAHAM applauds Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) for their hard work and willingness to allow all sides to be heard on this complex issue” said AAHAM President, John Currier, CRCE-I. “We want to thank all the members of the Committee for their work by taking the first step towards ensuring patients are protected and there is an independent body who will serve as arbitrator in these types of cases” Currier added.

H.R. 3630 includes a last-minute bi-partisan amendment offered by Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN), which would allow certain payment disputes between providers and health plans to go to arbitration. The Ruiz-Bucshon amendment would let either side appeal the federal benchmark payment to an arbiter in cases when the median in-network rate paid to doctors or hospitals exceeds $1,250.

“Today Congress took another step forward to ensuring we take the patients out of the billing equation. Thanks to a bi-partisan effort by Rep. Ruiz and Rep. Bucshon, we get closer to creating a billing system that allows for an independent voice to decide the outcome and not a federal benchmark rate, which would likely drive up the cost of healthcare for everyone” said AAHAM 2nd Vice President, Amy Mitchell, CRCE-I.

“Baseball style arbitration works” stated AAHAM Treasurer, Kenny Koerner, CRCE-I. In my home state of Illinois, we have baseball style arbitration and it works. We don’t walk away happy with every outcome, but we know by having an independent voice review the claims of both sides, we have the chance to be heard” he added.

AAHAM will continue to work with all relevant Committee’s in the House and Senate on this critical issue. AAHAM supports patients and bringing healthcare costs down through Baseball style arbitration.

AAHAM is a national professional association of thirty-one chapters and over 3000 healthcare revenue cycle professionals from hospitals, clinics, billing offices, allied vendors, physicians and multi physician groups. AAHAM members direct the activities of the thousands of people who are employed in the healthcare industry.

AAHAM is the premier professional organization for revenue cycle professionals and is known for its prestigious certification and educational programs; professional development of its members is one of the primary goals of the association. AAHAM is also recognized for its quarterly journal, The Journal of Healthcare Administrative Management and its Annual National Institute. AAHAM actively represents the interests of its members through a comprehensive program of legislative and regulatory monitoring and participation in industry groups. For more information on AAHAM and its programs, please visit www.aaham.org or contact AAHAM, 703.281.4043.