December 21, 2021
On January 1, 2022, a new federal law, the “No Surprises Act” (NSA), will take effect. This law, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act COVID-19 relief bill, was signed on December 27, 2020, and was primarily designed to reduced unexpected medical bills for patients enrolled in federally-regulated self-funded/ERISA group health plans or insurers, who receive: (1) covered non-emergency services by out-of-network providers at in-network facilities, or (2) emergency services by out-of-network providers.
To help physicians understand their rights and obligations under the NSA, the California Medical Association (CMA) has published an overview, “The No Surprises Act: What Physicians Need to Know.” The document is available to members-only.
CMA to Host Webinar on No Surprises Act
CMA is also hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, that will address the impact of the No Surprises Act on physicians in California, including the interplay with AB 72 and other California-level surprise/balance billing protections.
The one-hour webinar – No Surprises Act: The New Federal Law and Its Impact on California Physicians – is free to members and their staff, and $99 for all other participants. Click here for more information and to register.
If you are unable to attend the live webinar, it will be available for on-demand playback at cmadocs.org/webinars.