CMS bans surprise billing

July 01, 2021

MICHAEL BRADY 

The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled the first in a series of rules aimed at banning surprise billing.

The interim final rule bans surprise billing for emergency services and high out-of-network cost-sharing for emergency and non-emergency service. It also prohibits out-of-network charges for ancillary services like those provided by anesthesiologists or assistant surgeons, as well as other out-of-network charges without advance notice.

“No patient should forgo care for fear of surprise billing,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Health insurance should offer patients peace of mind that they won’t be saddled with unexpected costs. The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to ensuring transparency and affordable care, and with this rule, Americans will get the assurance of no surprises.”

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