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OH bill may make health plans disclose medical fees

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A new Ohio bill, which pertains to physicians, hospitals, outpatient clinics and ambulance services, would require health plans to provide an updated source of rate information and an online system for checking patient coverage, reports FierceHealthcare. It would also make health plans provide a plain-language summary of terms in contracts.

The AMA, which supports the bill, says that smaller medical practices with four or fewer doctors particularly need the contracting help this law would provide. The Ohio Association of Health Plans, meanwhile, contends that the bill unfairly adds to their expenses without forcing providers to offer anything new in return.

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