CMS Kicks Off Webinar Series on No Surprises Act


Two upcoming webinars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – including one scheduled for next week – will educate physicians on the federal No Surprises Act (NSA) as part of a collaboration between CMS and the American Medical Association.

AMA said in an email notice that the webinars are the first in a series for CMS in which the agency will focus on specific topics of the surprise-billing law, which strives to resolve billing disputes over certain out-of-network care using an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. Dates, times, and topics of the first two webinars are:

Both sessions will include subject matter experts from CMS and the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

“CMS has stated that they plan to spend a significant portion of the webinar addressing questions from physicians and medical societies,” AMA said. Experts will answer live questions through the Q&A function, but will also accept questions and address real life scenarios submitted in advance, which AMA encourages.

Send your questions ahead of the webinars to Emily Carroll about any of the following NSA requirements:

  • Good faith estimates for uninsured or self-pay patients,
  • Surprise billing prohibitions,
  • Notice and consent,
  • Enforcement, and
  • The law’s payment process, including initial payment, open negotiations, and the IDR process.

The latter will be addressed in a future webinar and in other educational and advocacy efforts.

More information on the federal surprise-billing law is available in AMA’s No Surprises Act toolkits and on the Texas Medical Association’s Surprise Medical Bills page.

Last Updated On

June 22, 2022

Originally Published On

June 22, 2022