Following a Feb. 6 court decision that vacated nationwide the federal government’s revised independent dispute resolution process for determining payment for out-of-network services under the No Surprises Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today instructed certified IDR entities to hold all payment determinations until the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issue further guidance. Certified IDR entities have also been instructed to recall any payment determinations issued after Feb. 6, 2023. 

“The Departments are currently reviewing the court’s decision and evaluating current IDR processes, guidance, templates, and systems for updates that will be necessary to comply with the court’s order,” CMS said. “The Departments will provide specific directions to certified IDR entities for resuming the issuance of payment determinations that are consistent with the court’s judgment and order. Certified IDR entities should continue working through other parts of the IDR process, including eligibility determinations, as they wait for additional direction from the Departments.”

A Texas judge on Feb. 6 held that the revised IDR process skews the arbitration results in commercial insurers’ favor in violation of the compromise Congress reached in the Act. As a result of this decision, the regulations are vacated nationwide.

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