Partners vowing to end surprise billing

Partners HealthCare is moving to eliminate surprise billing, where consumers receive large, unexpected hospital bills after unknowingly being treated by a doctor who doesn’t accept their insurance.

The Partners policy on surprise billing surfaced during a CommonWealth Codcast interview with Lora Pellegrini, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans.

“Partners has told me they are going to stop this practice,” she said. “The physicians will be either employed or contracted through Partners. That’s an important example for all other providers in this state.”

A Partners spokesman, Rich Copp, confirmed that the state’s largest hospital system is moving to eliminate surprise billing. “That’s our goal and we’re moving toward it,” he said.