Federal / APA Update

APA is continuing to monitor and pass on updates regarding the new consumer protections, promulgated under the No Surprises Act,  that took effect on January 1, 2022.  These regulations prohibit balance billing for emergency services and require physicians, including psychiatrists, to make certain disclosures to their uninsured and self-pay patients.  A summary of the regulations’ key provisions, templates, and answers to member questions about the new requirements can be found on the APA website.  APA is continuously updating this information as it becomes available, including highlighting resources that may be helpful to our members.  To that end, please share with your members that the AMA is hosting a webinar about the NSA regulations on January 20, 2022, for physicians and staff.  Details are below:
Register to join the American Medical Association for a webinar on Thursday, January 20 at Noon Central Time, “Implementing the No Surprises Act.” The No Surprises Act, which aims to protect patients from the financial impact of surprise medical billing, became law on January 1. Learn what physicians need to do immediately to comply with the new law. Our experts will also address enforcement challenges and the interaction between state and federal surprise billing requirements.
Moderator: Bobby Mukkamala, MD, chair, AMA Board of Trustees 
Featured speakers: Joel S. Ario, managing director, Manatt Health, Michael S. Kolber, partner, Manatt Health  
This webinar is open to staff and physicians, please share with your members. 
Please contact Maureen Maguire at MBailey@psych.org if you have questions.  

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