December 29, 2022
ASA Announces Opposition to Massive NSA Fee Increase
In a publicly released statement, ASA expressed its outrage with a last minute, end-of-year increase in the No Surprises Act administrative fee. The federal government’s actions increase the existing $50 non-refundable fee to $350. The fee must be paid by anesthesiologists to access the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) system. ASA urges the government to block implementation of the massive fee increase and reform the IDR process. The whopping fee increase was announced on Friday, December 23 at 4:57 pm by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The administrative fee increase is in addition to a previous hike in the arbitration fee schedule announced on October 31, 2022.