What Does the No Surprises Billing Act Do?
The No Surprises Billing Act will protect consumers from surprise medical bills by:
- Requiring private health plans to cover out-of-network claims and apply in-network cost sharing
- Prohibiting physicians, hospitals, and other covered providers from billing patients more than the in-network cost-sharing amount for surprise medical bills
- The No Surprises Billing Act also establishes a process for determining the payment amount for surprise, out-of-network medical bills, starting with negotiations between plans and providers and, if negotiations don’t succeed, an independent dispute resolution process
Beginning January 1, 2022, Anderson Healthcare facilities and providers will provide a good-faith estimate of expected charges to uninsured consumers or to insured consumers if they don’t plan to have their health plan help cover the costs (self-paying individuals). The good-faith estimate will be provided after a patient has scheduled an item or service or upon their request. It should include expected charges for the primary item or service and any other items or services provided as part of the same scheduled experience.
Anderson Hospital will:
- Provide a good-faith estimate within certain timeframes
- Offer an itemized list of each item or service, grouped by the provider or facility offering care
- Explain the good-faith estimate to the patient over the phone or in person if the patient requests it, and then follow up with a paper or electronic estimate
- Provide the good-faith estimate in a way that’s accessible to our patients