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Yesterday, the federal government prevailed at summary judgment in a case brought by the Association of Air Medical Services, marking the government’s first major victory in the string of court challenges to the No Surprises Act. In U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s memorandum opinion, the court found that certain government regulations regarding how to define and calculate the QPA for air ambulance services were consistent with the No Surprises Act.

The Association of Air Medical Services challenged several aspects of the government’s regulations concerning QPA methodology. It contended that the government’s QPA methodology ran counter to the No Surprises Act by excluding most types of contracted rates between air ambulance providers and plans or issues, by treating hospitals and independent air ambulance services as providers in the “same or similar specialty,” and by using overly broad geographic regions that generate QPAs divorced from actual market pricing.