Judge Affirms New Regulation of Unfair Medical Bills

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
New state regulations to protect patients from unfair billing practices will stand. That’s according to a California Superior Court judge’s ruling late Tuesday.
In October the California Department of Managed Health Care started to crack down on providers who directly charge patients for medical costs they don’t owe. It’s known as “balance billing” and can leave patients with debt and ruined credit.
Right after the regulations went into effect the California Medical Association filed a lawsuit to stop the change. The physician advocacy group argued the regulation was outside of the department’s authority. But, a judge denied the legal challenge. The medical association says it likely will appeal the decision.