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No Surprises Act Part One Interim Final Rules Released

Earlier this month the Office of Personnel Management, along with the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury released ‘Part One’ of regulations to implement the No Surprises Act.  The interim final rules include provisions banning balance billing for certain out-of-network services (referred to as “surprise medical bills”), the notice and consent process some providers may use to bill patients for out-of-network services, how patient cost sharing must be calculated, and the complaint process for any potential violations of the law.  The interim final rules have been submitted to the Federal Register and comments on the proposed rules are due 60 days after they are published. 

 

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President Issues Executive Order to Promote Economic Competition with Provisions Affecting Healthcare

President Biden issued an executive order (EO) on July 9 establishing a “whole-of-government” effort to promote competition in the American economy.  The EO includes 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies to tackle competition issues across the economy, including in healthcare, financial services, technology, and agriculture.  The EO, which does not have the force of law or regulation and rather serves to provide direction to federal agencies, contains a number of provisions directed at drug manufacturers, hospitals and health insurers.

 

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DOT’s Not One More Campaign

The Connecticut Department of Transportation launched a campaign July 1 designed to remind the public about the consequences of driving while impaired.  The campaign is called “Not One More” and it encourages people to resist saying “I’ll have one more” to prevent one more crash, one more ambulance ride, one more trauma surgery, one more death, etc.  It leverages the point of view of the state’s trauma teams, who see firsthand the tragic consequences of “one more.”

 

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