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Surprise Billing Final Rule Coming Soon, Treasury Official Says

May 5, 2022, 9:05 PM

An eagerly awaited final rule for resolving payment issues when patients receive emergency health care from out-of-network medical providers is coming soon, a U.S. Department of Treasury official said Thursday.

Four different agencies issued an interim final rule in September 2021 telling arbitrators to pick the offer closest to a health plan’s median in-network rate for the services the patient received. Hospitals and doctors said the rule would hurt their finances, while health insurers and employers said it would tame inflation.

The interim final rule was challenged by health-care providers and advocacy groups, and a federal district court in Texas ...