AMA releases initial ‘No Surprises Act’ summary

The American Medical Association (AMA) has distributed a summary of the “recent Interim Final Rule (IFR) implementing certain provisions of the No Surprises Act.” The IFR will go into effect on September 13, 2021.

AMA notes that, “This is the first of several regulations [that are related to] the No Surprises Act (which will go into effect on January 1, 2022). Additional regulations will be forthcoming regarding the independent dispute resolution process, price comparison tools, and certain transparency requirements. Rules on other No Surprises Act provisions, including insurance card requirements, continuity of care, provider network directions, and prohibition on gag clauses, may not be published until next year.”

The No Surprises Act was designed to protect patients from surprise medical bills that are related to out-of-network emergency care.

Initial AMA Summary of Interim Final Rule (Part 1) Implementing Certain Provisions of the No Surprises Act