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. 


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.

The EO directs federal agencies to analyze the impact of hospital consolidation on quality and pricing, a directive that is facing criticism from healthcare leaders, who say hospital and health system mergers and acquisitions already must undergo significant regulatory scrutiny. 



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.”

Information about the campaign is accessible at



Education Updates

Moving Upstream: Understanding SUD Through the Lens of Social and Health Equity
Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

Social factors, like unemployment, housing instability, and structural racism drive poor health outcomes and inequities related to substance use disorder (SUD). In spite of advancements in our understanding of SUD, these inequities persist. In this session, learn how to translate knowledge of these social drivers into action and demonstrable improvements in health equity and racial justice for patients and communities experiencing high rates of SUD. This program is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series. 

There is no fee for this event. 

  • Click here to register for this Thursday, July 22 session


Implicit Bias: Awareness, Accountability, and Action
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 
Virtual Sessions

All sessions run from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Implicit bias refers to the unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that can affect understanding, actions, and decisions.  From an awareness standpoint, healthcare clinicians need to be fully aware of the complexities and impact of implicit bias on patient experience and engagement.  Looking at accountability, healthcare clinicians need to acknowledge, challenge, and manage their biases.  From an action perspective, healthcare clinicians need tools, skills, and strategies for comfort, confidence, and competence to connect, communicate, and effectively collaborate cross-culturally.  This program is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series.

There is no fee for this program.  Class size is limited and all sessions are identical.  

  • Click here to register for the Thursday, July 29 session
  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, August 4 session
  • Click here to register for the Tuesday, August 10 session
  • Click here to register for the Tuesday, August 24 session
  • Click here to register for the Tuesday, September 14 session