The No Surprises Act, a ban on surprise medical bills, will take effect beginning in 2022.
Surprise Medical Bills
Surprise medical bills occur when patients unexpectedly receive care from out-of-network health care providers. – A patient goes to an in-network hospital for surgery or emergency care, and an out-of-network doctor is involved in the patient’s care. Patients are not able to determine the network status of providers, such as emergency room doctors or anesthesiologists. The patient is simply not involved in the choice of provider.
No Surprises Act
The Act applies to surprise bills from doctors, hospitals, and air ambulances. It prohibits these providers from billing patients who have health coverage for unpaid balances. Providers will have to work with the health insurance issuer carrier to determine the appropriate amount to be paid by the plan.
(The No Surprise Act was included in the stimulus bill signed by President Trump on Dec 27, 2020.)
EBA will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available on the details of the law.
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