HHS to Mull Surprise Billing Rules With Premiums in the Balance

Jan. 22, 2021, 10:30 AM

Health-care costs could escalate depending on how the Biden administration writes regulations implementing a new law that bans hospitals and doctors from issuing surprise medical bills.

The bar on such bills is included in the omnibus spending and virus legislation signed at the end of 2020 by former President Donald Trump (H.R. 133). Starting in 2022, it will prohibit health-care providers from billing patients in emergencies or for services from out-of-network caregivers at facilities that are in patients’ insurance networks.

Bills from out-of-network emergency room doctors, anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, and air ambulances can run in the thousands of ...

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