On September 20, 2023, the US Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (collectively, the departments) issued a proposed rule related to the No Surprises Act’s (NSA’s) federal independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. The proposed rule would amend existing regulations to provide that the two fees associated with the IDR process—the administrative fee amount charged by the departments, and the ranges for the IDR entity fees for single and batched determinations—be established by the departments through notice and comment rulemaking. The proposed rule outlines the methodology for calculating the fees and proposes the fees/fee ranges for disputes initiated on or after January 1, 2024. The proposal comes in response to a court order in the recent Texas Medical Association (TMA IV) case, which requires the departments to establish such fees through formal rulemaking.
ADMINISTRATIVE FEE TO INCREASE TO $150
The NSA’s nonrefundable IDR administrative fee is paid by both parties to cover the cost of their participation in the IDR process. For 2022, the administrative fee was $50 per party. The fee was expected to remain the same for 2023. However, in December 2022, the departments issued revised guidance increasing the fee from $50 to $350 for 2023. Plaintiffs in TMA IV challenged the increase as being unlawfully issued via guidance. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas agreed and vacated the portion of the guidance that increased the fee.
In light of the court’s order, the [...]