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The No Surprises Act

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    Key Takeaways
    • Congress passed the No Surprises Act in December 2020 to mitigate patients’ exposure to surprise medical bills and require insurers and providers to resolve payment disputes for out-ofnetwork care independently or use a new arbitration process.
    • The federal law achieves the primary goal of surprise billing legislation: patients will be held harmless once the new law becomes effective on January 1, 2022.
    • While the federal law will create a clear process for resolving out-ofnetwork payment disputes, it raises broader pricing, contracting, and billing questions for providers and insurers.

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