Biden Administration Pauses Surprise Billing Arbitration After Latest Legal Setback

The Biden administration suspended arbitrations related to the No Surprises Act (NSA), the law that banned medical balance billing in most cases, following Feb. 6 ruling from a Texas federal district court judge that struck down Biden administration regulations. The system was in stormy waters before the ruling, with federal officials already navigating a higher volume of arbitrations than expected and a national, coordinated wave of lawsuits brought by providers. Experts tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that the administration will need to be careful if it hopes to avoid providers’ legal ire while navigating a third attempt to write regulations governing the arbitration process, known as Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR), and a possible appeal of the new decision.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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