Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an interim final rule (IFR) aimed at protecting patients from surprise medical bills. The rule is the first in what will likely be a series of rules implementing key provisions of the No Surprises Act—the law passed to insulate patients from large, unexpected medical bills. This first IFR largely focuses on billing practices for emergency care, out-of-network provider bills and air ambulance services. The rule will have a 60-day comment period and will largely become effective on January 1, 2022. Fact sheets on this interim final rule can be found here and here. Keep reading for key highlights from the new surprise billing IFR. Read More >>>

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