Physicians report Anthem not complying with AB 72 interim payment rules

September 08, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: AB 72 Practice Management Payor Issues and Reimbursement Out of Network Billing 

The California Medical Association (CMA) has received reports from physician offices that Anthem Blue Cross is not paying the “interim payment” as required under the recently effective law (AB 72) limiting out-of-network billing for covered, non-emergent services performed at an in-network facility.

The new law requires fully insured commercial plans and insurers to make “interim payments” to non-contracted physicians for non-emergent services performed at in-network health facilities, and places limitations on the ability of physicians in such circumstances to collect their full billed charges.

The interim rate defined in AB 72 is the greater of the average contracted rate (including only commercial contracts) or 125 percent of the amount that Medicare reimburses on a fee-for-service basis for the same or similar services in the geographic region in which the services were rendered.

If your practice has received an incorrect payment from Anthem or any other payor related to the new law, CMA wants to hear from you. Practices can contact CMA at (888) 401-5911 or via email

For more information, visit the Out-of-Network Billing page.


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