NCMS Political Pulse August 22, 2022: The Surprises in the 'No Surprises Act'

RALEIGH -- Congress passed the No Surprises Act to protect patients from surprise medical bills.  The legislative battle continued, however and the North Carolina Medical Society is working with the  AMA and others to tailor a package to provide relief for patients, but also maintained a balance of power between insurers and physicians.

We were successful with the legislation striking that balance, but the agency interpretation when they promulgated an interim final rule was weighted heavily to the insurers advantage.

This led to two major actions:  lawsuits and objection to the rule.

NCMS was a financial supporter and amicus signer for the Texas Medical Association lawsuit.  NCMS also aided the AMA in recruitment of two NC physicians to participate as co-defendants.

NCMS CEO Chip Baggett breaks down what that means for both doctors and patients in this edition of Political Pulse