News Briefs: AMA, AHA Sue Over Surprise Billing Regulation | Dec. 10, 2021

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), the largest provider trade groups in the country, sued the Biden administration over regulations HHS issued in implementing the No Surprises Act. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the AMA and AHA request injunctive relief of the latest interim final rule implementing the No Surprises Act. The Biden administration’s most recent rule aimed at implementing the surprise billing ban, which comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, has come under fire from provider groups — and members of Congress, many of them physicians — for “plac[ing] a heavy thumb on the scale of an independent dispute-resolution process that would unfairly benefit insurance companies,” in the words of an AMA press release.

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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