rubber stamp with word Regulations All eyes are on the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services as several areas of the Act remain open to regulation implementing and enforcing the Act (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed into law at the end of 2020, includes the “No Surprises Act” which prohibits hospitals and doctors from issuing surprise medical bills for certain health care services.

The Act includes open negotiation and independent dispute resolution (IDR) procedures for health plans and out-of-network health care facilities and providers to determine applicable payment rates. The Act will take effect on January 1, 2022. Below are some of the key provisions of the Act and implications for health plan sponsors.

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