Consumer Protection from Surprise Billing
July 16, 2021
by Sean Weiss, Partner & VP of Compliance
On July 1, 2021 the Biden/Harris Administration released the Surprise Billing; Part I, an interim final rule that will restrict excessive out of pocket costs to consumers from surprise billing and balance billing. Link: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/hhs-announces-rule-protect-consumers-surprise-medical-bills
This is a game changer in that services such as emergency (ambulance) must charge in-network rates regardless of where they are. It also protects patients from receiving bills from providers outside their network and from being balanced billed. It ensures co-pays and deductible amounts are based on in-network amounts. The rule also bans other out-of-network costs without advanced notice!
This rule will extend similar protections to Americans insured through employer-sponsored and commercial health plans.
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