January 07, 2022
Congressman Andy Harris, MD and the Congressional "Doc Caucus" File Amicus Brief in Support of TMA No Surprises Act Texas Lawsuit
On January 3rd, Congressman Andy Harris and members of the U.S. House GOP Doc Caucus filed an amicus brief in Tyler, Texas in support of a pending Texas Medical Association (TMA) lawsuit that challenges the regulations implementing the No Surprises Act (NSA). The TMA suit argues that the responsible federal agencies erred in creating an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process that empowers insurance companies to squeeze financial concessions from physician practices. The Doc Caucus brief filed in support of the TMA suit argues that Congress repeatedly rejected the agencies’ approach to the IDR process and cites multiple versions of Congressional surprise medical bill legislation that were considered and rejected. Previously, thirteen ASA component societies filled a formal statement also in support of the TMA lawsuit.
ASA has a pending NSA lawsuit in Chicago, Illinois. The suit, filed jointly with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) similarly argues that the federal agencies erred in their IDR provisions of the implementing regulations