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Doctors bring in a bevy of lobbyists on surprise billing

An ER is ready to treat, and bill, the next patient. Photo: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Physician outsourcing companies and private equity firms are enlisting new groups to lobby Congress as it considers how to protect patients from receiving large bills from out-of-network doctors who are at in-network facilities.

The big picture: Physician groups who most often mail out surprise medical bills are fighting proposals that take a bite out of their incomes, but ease patients' financial burdens.

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Doctors flood Congress with lobbyists on surprise medical bills

Physician outsourcing companies and private equity firms are enlisting new groups to lobby Congress as it considers how to protect patients from receiving large bills from out-of-network doctors who are at in-network facilities.

The big picture: Physician groups who most often mail out surprise medical bills are fighting proposals that take a bite out of their incomes to ease patients' financial burdens.

Go deeperArrowAug 20, 2019

Austrian sensor maker AMS offers to buy German lighting company Osram

AMS, an Austrian sensor maker, said it would offer to buy German car-lighting company Osram for €4.3 billion ($4.8 billion) in cash, a 10% premium to an existing takeover offer from Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group.

Why it matters: It presents a strategic dilemma for Bain and Carlyle, even if they're willing to pay more. On the one hand, Osram's top outside shareholder, Allianz Global Investors, already said it would oppose the private equity firms' bid. On the other hand, this is actually the second time AMS has proposed a superior offer, having pulled the prior approach, suggesting Bain and Carlyle could just wait out the competition.

Go deeper: Big-name private equity firms are asking for bigger cuts of investment profits

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