Upcoming National Grand Rounds - No Surprises Act: Three Things You Need to Know Now about Surprise Billing

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May 9, 2022

To address years of concern over “surprise billing,” Congress enacted new balance billing patient protections under the No Surprises Act. In addition to the patient protections, the law placed new obligations on providers and hospitals, as well as health plans this year. While many people think of patients receiving “surprise bills” as only related to emergency and ancillary services, several provisions of the new law will also apply to physiatrists in certain circumstances. To help you navigate the new requirements, the Academy is holding a National Grand Rounds this Wednesday, May 11 from 7-8 pm (CT). We invite you to learn more about:

  • What you are required to provide patients in the way of patient disclosures
  • When patients can consent to waive their balance billing protections and what role the physiatrist plays in providing a related notice
  • When you are required to provide a good faith estimate to a patient and what to do when it does

In addition, please visit the Academy website for further information on the Implementation of the No Surprises Act (NSA). 

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.