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IDR Entities Still Struggling with Volume – Highlights from the Q4 2022 Report

On July 17, 2023
Under the No Surprises Act (NSA), the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury are required to post quarterly data on the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process. In response to the federal court decision in Texas Medical Association, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, portions of the governing regulations were vacated, resulting in a February 10, 2023 order for IDR entities to cease issuing new payment determinations (see This was lifted as of February 24, 2023 for services furnished before October 25, 2022, and as of March 17, 2023 for services furnished on or after October 25, 2022. Because there was essentially a freeze on IDR proceedings for a good portion of Quarter 1 of 2023, the report issued for Quarter 4 of 2022, available at, is the most recent and complete picture we have of how the process is performing.

One Year Post-Dobbs Decision

On July 5, 2023
June 27, 2023 marked one year since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned the constitutional right to abortion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Over the last 12 months, half of the states have passed some type of abortion restriction or complete ban and many more are in the process of creating legislation. Some of these laws include the possibility for civil or criminal penalties against women who obtain abortions, doctors who perform abortions, or even individuals who, broadly, facilitate abortions.

Merck vs. Biden

On June 23, 2023
The globally recognized, multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. sued the U.S. government on June 6th in an effort to halt the Medicare drug price negotiation program contained in the Inflation Reduction Act. The drug negotiation program aims to form agreements with drugmakers to lower costs on their most expensive drugs, which will save billions of dollars for Americans, particularly those on Medicare, while sapping Big Pharma of billions in potential revenue. In the first attempt by a drugmaker to challenge the law, Merck is pushing to be declared exempt from the drug price negotiation program, which they claim would lower their drug prices by 25 to 60 percent below market value.