WASHINGTON, D.C. – (November 1, 2023) – The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement in response to a proposed rule from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management focused on surprise billing independent dispute resolution operations:
The No Surprises Act has been a huge success for patients – likely preventing 24 million surprise bills by the end of 2023. Unfortunately, providers have continued to attack the law and its regulations, filing over 20 lawsuits. The lawsuits and resulting rulings have weakened the law’s patient protections and are likely raising costs. Despite these setbacks, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing and our members continue working to protect patients from surprise bills while ensuring providers are reimbursed at competitive market rates for their services. We hope the proposed rule will make the independent dispute resolution process smoother so we can all move on from continued lawsuits and focus on patients. We look forward to reviewing the rule in detail.