Health care providers say they need more time to comply with the federal surprise billing law’s requirement that they supply certain patients with good-faith estimates of the potential charges they are likely to incur for medical procedures.

Preparing such estimates for self-insured, uninsured, and other requesting patients is far more difficult and time-consuming than policy-makers thought it would be, provider groups insist, and they also note that there currently is no automated means of producing such estimates within the time limits imposed by the No Surprises Act, which was signed into law in late 2020.

The requirement is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023.

Learn more about the challenges providers maintain they face in their efforts to comply with the No Surprises Act’s good-faith estimate requirement in the Fierce Healthcare article “Providers are calling for more time to implement estimate requirement in surprise bill rule.”