A new federal law, the No Surprises Act, is intended to protect patients from surprise medical bills. In a guest column for Talk Business & Politics, ACHI Health Policy Director Craig Wilson discusses what surprise medical billing is and how the law aims to prevent it.
“The long-term effects of the No Surprises Act on provider network development and cost transfers through premium increases remain to be seen,” Wilson writes. “However, there is no question that the new law offers considerable and long-awaited protection from surprise billing and advances healthcare transparency through up-front cost estimates. Opening your mailbox will hopefully bring much more welcome surprises.”