Deadline for Disputes Under No Surprises Act Extended

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury announced that providers, facilities, and providers of air ambulance services whose ability to timely initiate open negotiation under the No Surprises Act was impacted by the Change Healthcare cybersecurity incident in February may initiate negotiations for independent dispute resolutions at any point between 6/14/2024 and 10/12/2024, regardless of when the payment or notice of denial of payment and disclosures were transmitted. To take advantage of this exception period, providers must furnish an attestation that their ability to initiate a timely open negotiation for an item or service was impacted by the effects of the cybersecurity incident alongside the standard open negotiation initiation form.