Our research found that for doctors of optometry and dentists in both states, even after the enactment of laws barring NCS mandates, the vast majority of providers continued to offer normal discounts and receive payments from patients that were below their charged amounts. Thus, the laws had no effect on the providers—they continued billing their “usual, customary and reasonable” (UCR) amounts and continued receiving amounts up to 50% less than their charged amounts, just as in the years prior to the NCS laws. It is clear from the findings that the providers were not “overcharging” for the services before the NCS laws and they continue to not overcharge for the services in the presence of the NCS laws.
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