Federal lawmakers are scrutinizing private equity firms they believe are major culprits of surprise medical bills. In 2019, the House Energy and Commerce Committee launched a bipartisan investigation last year into private equity firms’ role in surprise billing.  During this investigation, Committee leaders contacted the leaders of major private equity firms (including Blackstone Group, KKR and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe) to obtain information and documents surrounding their ownership of physician staffing and emergency transportation companies.  Committee leaders said that Blackstone had sought to acquire the emergency department staffing firm EmCare and KKR was seeking to acquire the physician staffing
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