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Federal No Surprises Act information for providers

Find information about Federal No Surprise bills and the provider negotiation and independent dispute resolution process.

How does the Federal No Surprises Act protect consumers?

How does the Federal No Surprises Act protect consumers?

When a member receives emergency care — or is treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital, ambulatory surgical center or by an air ambulance provider — they are protected from balance billing (meaning, a surprise bill for the amount over the amount the plan paid).


The Federal No Surprises Act (NSA) requires the member’s cost share to be based on the Qualifying Payment Amount (the QPA) — otherwise known as the Median in-network rate. Providers cannot bill the member for more than their cost share.

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