AUSTIN – The Texas Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA) applauds the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) for filing suit challenging the regulations dictating the implementation of the “No Surprises Act”.
The “No Surprises Act”, as passed by Congress and signed into law was intended to first and foremost, protect patients from surprise medical bills and create a dispute resolution process designed to fairly resolve payment conflicts between insurance companies and physicians. The Act accomplished these goals however, through rulemaking, the responsible federal agencies – the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury have undermined the law and created a lopsided dispute resolution process that favors the insurers by allowing them to drive down in-network contracts to unsustainable rates, or force physicians out of network. This premise is in direct contradiction with the language of the Act and must be rectified.
With over 3800 physician anesthesiologists, the TSA is the second largest state component of the ASA. The TSA stands in support of the ASA, ACEP, and ACR lawsuit aimed at correcting the regulations set forth by the federal agencies. Each TSA physician member is also a member of the ASA, therefore, TSA’s interests are aligned and directly represented by the suit. ASA and TSA will continue to work together to ensure patients have access to quality anesthesia care and fight for fair payment for physicians. Each physician member of TSA commends our national association for filing suit to protect the fair payment of all physicians and specifically representing the interests of patients and anesthesiologists.