Helaine I. Fingold, Member of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Baltimore office, was quoted in Bloomberg Health Law & Business, in “Surprise Medical Billing Disputes Pile Up as Lawsuit Unfolds,” by Allie Reed.

Following is an excerpt:

Litigation over the Biden administration’s process for resolving surprise medical billing disputes threatens to exacerbate a growing backlog in claims and leave doctors without paychecks, health-care lawyers said.

A federal district court in Texas is slated to decide the validity of the Department of Health and Human Services’ revised process for settling disagreements between health insurers and providers over payment rates. It will hear arguments Dec. 20 in a case brought by the Texas Medical Association over a final rule outlining the independent dispute resolution process. …

‘Thread the Needle’

The HHS is forced “to thread the needle among varied constituencies impacted by these rules” to “articulate how its regulatory choices are derived from the text of the law and congressional intent,” said Helaine Fingold, a member of Epstein Becker & Green.

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