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FAH Leader: Ways & Means Hearing Highlights “Flawed Implementation” of No Surprises Act

FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn issued the following statement Tuesday after the Way and Means Committee hearing on “Fallout from Flawed Implementation” of the No Surprises Act

“Managed care abuses that are putting patient access to care in jeopardy were showcased today in a House Ways and Means hearing on the No Surprises Act. It also highlighted the flawed execution of the law’s consumer protections. 

“No patient should ever receive a surprise medical bill, but the rules of the road in applying the law should be fair and timely for all. Instead, CMS’ implementation of the law has ignored consumers, clinicians, and providers, as well as congressional intent, by putting a thumb on the scale to benefit insurers.  

“The message at the hearing was clear from Members of Congress and providers – there are real-world consequences for patient care from the insurance industry misusing the law’s arbitration process. These efforts to arbitrarily delay or cut payments will erode the ability of hospitals to serve their patients.”