Catalyst for Payment Reform September 13, 2021
Andréa Caballero

It’s been a little over 2 years since I last wrote about surprise medical billing and how it can affect consumers and employer- purchasers. There has been a lot of state and federal activity on this issue since, and some research estimates that surprise billing has added more than $40 billion a year in unnecessary health care spending…so it’s been an expensive 2 years.

As of January 2021, 18 states have enacted comprehensive surprise billing protections.  For reference, in June 2019, only 11 states had laws on the books. Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have acted on this issue too, most recently with the interim final rule (IFR) called “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing;” Part 1, based on the passage of the No...

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