Yesterday, CMS issued some well-needed clarity on the No Surprises Act (NSA) through six FAQs on the topic of Good Faith Estimates (GFE) put into effect for all providers as of January 1, 2022. As previously published by the FCA, the NSA was created to provide additional protections against surprise medical bills, including:
• Requiring good-faith estimates of medical items or services for uninsured (or self-paying) individuals.
• Requiring notice posted in your office and on your website of the uninsured/self-insured’s right to receive a good faith estimate.
• Establishing a patient-provider dispute resolution process for uninsured (or self-paying) individuals to determine payment amounts due to a provider or facility under certain circumstances.