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Major Hospitals Groups File Brief in Support of Challenge to Surprise Billing IDR Rule

Five major hospital groups, including the Federation of American Hospitals, filed an amicus brief in support of the AHA and AMA’s recent legal challenge to the No Surprises Act interim final rule implementing an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process.

The amicus brief, which is joined by FAH, the Association of American Medical Colleges, America’s Essential Hospitals, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and the Children’s Hospital Association, asks the Court to stop implementation of the misguided IDR regulation.

FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn issued the following statement:

“We have been advocates for legislation ending surprise medical bills for our patients all along and are gratified the Administration regulations accomplish this goal. At the same time, however, the Administration went off track on protecting patients in its IDR process establishing a rule that upends Congressional intent by placing a thumb on the scale benefiting insurers over providers – which puts access to care in jeopardy.

“We are filing this amicus brief so the courts can right the ship to implement the IDR regulation as Congress intended and ultimately avoid harming the very patients the law was designed to protect.”

You can find a copy of the amicus brief here.