Patients seeking elective surgery can choose surgeons and facilities that are covered by their insurance (“in-network”). However, they are unable to choose other providers who may be involved in their care. A team at the University of Michigan has been one of the first to study the drivers of surprise billing in the surgical setting; most prior research has focused on emergency services or general inpatient care.
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