HHS Announces Rule to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management, issued “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I,” an interim final rule that will restrict excessive out of pocket costs to consumers from surprise billing and balance billing.

More Time for Comments

By Art Gross – Last week, the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that there would be a 45-day extension of the comment period for the public with regard to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule that was originally posted in December of 2020.

Meet the New HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra has been confirmed as the 25th United States secretary of health and human services beginning on March 19, 2021. AMA, AHA, ATA along with dozens of other industry and professional organizations are standing by him and are ready to work with him.