What is the No Surprise Billing Act?
On July 1, 2021, the “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I,” interim final rule was issued to restrict surprise billing for patients in job-based and individual health plans who receive emergency care, non-emergency care from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities, and air ambulance services from out-of-network providers.
On September 30, 2021, a second interim final rule was issued and is open for public comment. The “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II” rule provides additional protections against surprise medical bills, including:
Establishing an independent dispute resolution process to determine out-of-network payment amounts between providers (including air ambulance providers) or facilities and health plans.
Requiring good-faith estimates of medical items or services for uninsured (or self-paying) individuals.
Establishing a patient-provider dispute resolution process for uninsured (or self-paying) individuals to determine payment amounts due to a provider or facility under certain circumstances.
Providing a way to appeal certain health plan decisions.