The American Medical Association (AMA) has been working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (federal CMS) to encourage more physician outreach and education on the No Surprises Act (NSA) implementation.  As part of this effort, the federal CMS is going to be hosting additional webinars on specific NSA topics in the coming weeks, the first two topics being the law’s Good Faith Estimate provisions and surprise billing provisions.  Click on the title of the webinars for details on how to register. 

Tuesday, June 28, 12-1 p.m. ET/10-11 a.m. MT: Good Faith Estimate
Wednesday, July 13, 1-2 p.m. ET/10-11 a.m. MT:  Surprise billing, notice and consent and enforcement

The federal CMS has stated that they plan to spend a significant portion of the webinar addressing questions from physicians and medical societies. We have been told they will take live questions through the Q&A function, but they would also like to answer as many pre-submitted questions and address real life scenarios that we bring to them before the webinar. To that end, the AMA would like to collect as many questions as possible before the webinar and provide them to the federal CMS so they can be prepared with answers. 

Please send questions you may have about the below NSA requirements to Emily Carroll (emily.carroll@ama-assn.org) as soon as possible, and she will communicate them to the federal CMS:

  • The Good Faith Estimate requirements for uninsured or self-pay patients;
  • Surprise billing prohibitions;
  • Notice and Consent requirements;
  • NSA enforcement requirements;
  • The payment process under the NSA, including the initial payment, open negotiations, and Independent Dispute Resolution process (to be addressed in a yet-to-be-scheduled future webinar and in other educational/advocacy efforts). 

For more information, the AMA has related toolkits on these new requirements here


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