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No Surprises Act: Implementation for California Hospitals

March 24, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Pacific Time
A complimentary, CHA members-only webinar

The No Surprises Act was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. It addresses surprise medical billing for federally-regulated plans and in states without surprise billing laws. Most sections of the legislation are effective Jan. 1, 2022. As the name implies, this Act prohibits patients from getting surprise bills in certain out-of-network situations. The Departments of Health & Human Services, Treasury and Labor will issue regulations and guidance to implement numerous provisions. 

CHA Issues Summary of Surprise Billing Regulation

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the interim final rule with comment period implementing the No Surprises Act. Comments are due to the Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury by 2 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 7.

Biden Issues Executive Order to Promote Competition

On July 9, President Biden issued an executive order with the stated intent of promoting competition in the American economy. The order is wide-ranging and addresses agriculture, defense, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, and transportation as well as the health care sector.  

Cal/OSHA Approves Emergency Regulation on PPE Consumption, Issues FAQs

On June 8, Cal/OSHA submitted emergency regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to define “normal consumption.” As currently drafted, the emergency regulation defines “normal consumption” as the average consumption of specified personal protective equipment (PPE) type and size over a two- year period, with a 200% cap. This approach raises significant concerns, as CHA believes that […]