No Surprises Act

Paul Berman, Ph.D., and Richard Bloch

December 14th, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

1.5 CE Credits

$30 MPA/MSPA members  $55 Non-Members

Gives you 1.5 of the 3 CE for the MD Licensing Requirement for Ethics/Legal


Online via Zoom

 The No Surprises Act, part of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, was effective January 1, 2022. The No Surprises Act (NSA) requires that patients be given specific notices and information regarding the cost of services from every practitioner and new billing protections when they receive emergency care, air ambulance services, and non-emergency care from out-of-network practitioners.

 These new regulations initially applied to the uninsured and self-pay patients (individuals who had insurance but did not plan to use their insurance).  Additional requirements are currently being developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for in-network practitioners and will require Good Faith Estimates to be sent to their patient’s insurer. This presentation will focus on the initial requirements of the No Surprises Act, including Good Faith Estimates, notice requirements, and the time frames by which the Good Faith Estimates must be given to patients and prospective patients. We will also discuss the additional requirements that are in-process and will be in place in 2023 or 2024. We will be providing information that every psychologist needs to know to ensure compliance and minimize the risk of non-compliance and enforcement.

 After attending this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • Recognize when the NSA applies
  • Explain the requirements to comply with NSA and when a NSA notice is required
  • Describe the timeframe in which estimated fees are given
  • Describe the complaint process when the actual costs exceed the estimate



Paul C. Berman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Towson Maryland. Dr. Berman's private practice includes Parent Coordination, child forensic evaluations, fitness to parent evaluations, and custody evaluations. Since September 1993, Dr. Berman has worked part-time for the Maryland Psychological Association as Professional Affairs Officer. He serves as a liaison between psychologists, managed care/insurance companies, State agencies, and other professional associations. Dr. Berman has presented numerous workshops for MPA as well as at APA and other associations nationally.

Richard Bloch, Esq., is a Partner with Shilling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A. and has been in private practice in Maryland since 1972. He received his BA from the George Washington University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice focuses primarily on health law, estate planning and administration, general business law, trade association law, and civil litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979.