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ACEP 911 Network Weekly Update

As part of ACEP's 911 Grassroots Advocacy Network, members are kept up-to-speed on legislative, regulatory and political activity impacting emergency medicine through the “911 Network Weekly Update” which is sent to all Network members by email every week that Congress is in session.

To join the 911 Network or access older editions of the 911 Weekly Update, please email Jeanne Slade, Director of NEMPAC and Grassroots Advocacy, or Sarah Heckman, Manager of NEMPAC and Grassroots Advocacy.

Recent 911 Weekly Updates


911 Weekly Update—September 18, 2020

ACEP Continues Efforts to Eliminate ED E/M Cuts; Federal Fiscal Year Deadline Approaching; Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 Vaccines; ACEP 2020 Voter Resource Center; NEMPAC Charity Match; Regs & Eggs Blog: President Trump Issues Yet Another Executive Order on Drug Prices; ACEP Regulatory Affairs Director Participates in a PTAC Panel Discussion on the Role of Telehealth in Alternative Payment Models; CMS Issues Guidance to States on Medicaid Provider Value Based Payments; HHS and DoD Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy; The CDC Revises Testing Guidance Again; ACEP20 Unconventional Features 250+ Courses, Special Guest Dr. Anthony Fauci

911 Weekly Update—September 11, 2020

House E&C Committee Advances Several ACEP-Supported Bills; Senate Fails to Pass “Skinny” COVID-19 Package;  Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 Vaccines; House Veterans Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Suicide Prevention Efforts; ACEP 2020 Voter Resource Center; NEMPAC Charity Match; Regs & Eggs: CMS Establishes New Hospital Reimbursement Policies and Requirements;  HHS Releases the Rural Action Plan; ACEP Responds to National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Draft Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine; Highlights of MedPAC Public Meeting; ACEP20 Unconventional Features 250+ Courses, Special Guest Dr. Anthony Fauci

911 Weekly Update—August 29, 2020

Capital (30) Minutes; House Companion to “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act” Introduced; ACEP’s 2020 Voter Resources; NEMPAC Charity Match; ACEP20 Features 250+ Courses, Plus Special Guest Dr. Anthony Fauci; Regs & Eggs: Trump Administration Continues to Chip Away at Affordable Care Act Requirements; CMS Issues Third COVID-19 Regulation; The CDC Revises Guidance on Testing; ACEP Sends Letter to HRSA Outlining Concerns with the COVID-19 Uninsured Program           

911 Weekly Update—August 7, 2020

Capital (30) Minutes; COVID 4 Negotiations Stall; ACEP Leaders Promote Mental Health Support Services for Emergency Physicians; ACEP, APA, and Others Send Letter to DoD Secretary Esper; NEMPAC Charity Match; CMS Releases Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule; President Trump Issues Executive Order on Rural Health and Telehealth; CMS Releases the CY 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule         

911 Weekly Update—July 31, 2020

Capital (30) Minutes; Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act Introduced in Senate; Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearings on Medical Supply Chain; House Coronavirus Oversight Committee Holds Hearing on Need for COVID-19 Containment Plan; COVID 4 Negotiations Stall; NEMPAC Charity Match; Regs & Eggs: President Trump Issues Executive Orders on Drug Prices; CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries; HHS Issues New Report on Medicare Beneficiary Telehealth Utilization amid COVID-19; CMS Releases Request for Information on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances in Medicare Part D

911 Weekly Update—July 24, 2020

House Members Send Letter to White House Regarding Surprise Bills; ACEP Endorses Legislation to Provide Sick Leave and Liability Protections to Health Care Workers; Pharmaceutical Executives Testify Before House Committee Regarding COVID Vaccine; Senate Committee Advances Several COVID-Related Bills; House Committee Continues COVID-19 Oversight; NEMPAC Charity Match; HHS Secretary Alex Azar Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration; Regs & Eggs: Concerns and Skepticism about HHS’ Transition to New Hospital Data Collection System; ACEP Meets with the Government Accountability Office to Discuss Federal Response to COVID-19

911 Weekly Update—July 17, 2020

House Committee Advances Several Health Care Bills; ACEP Cited in Ways and Means Rural Task Force RFI Summary; ACEP ALTO & POWER Act Funding Included in House FY2021 L/HHS Appropriations Bill; NEMPAC News; HHS Transitions to New System for Collecting Hospital COVID-19 Data; Regs & Eggs Blog: HHS Finalizes Regulations on Substance Use Disorder Patients’ Confidentiality; ACEP meets with the FDA to Discuss COVID-19 Testing Issues; ACEP President Meets with OSHA Leadership to Discuss PPE Standards; CMS Administrator Writes Blog Assessing the Early Impact of the Expansion of Medicare Telehealth During COVID-19

911 Weekly Update—July 10, 2020

Contact Congress to Expand Mental Health Resources for COVID-19 Health Care Providers; House Committee Reviews Mental Health Legislation; ACEP Submits Statement to House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis;

NEMPAC Charity Match – Extended through July; Regs & Eggs: An Update on ACEP’s COVID-19 Advocacy Strategy; ACEP Responds to Fiscal Year 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

911 Weekly Update—June 26, 2020

ACEP Responds to Senate Committee’s Pandemic White Paper; Senate Committee Conducts Hearing on Pandemic; House Committee Looks at Administration Response to COVID-19; NEMPAC News; Help Eliminate Barriers to Physician Mental Health Care; Regs & Eggs: ACEP’s Alternative Payment Model Strategic Initiative-- An Update and Next Steps; CMS Updates Guidance on the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); CMS Releases Medicare COVID-19 Data; ACEP Responds to DEA Interim Final Rule on Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances

911 Weekly Update—June 19, 2020

Capital Minute; Case Study: How ACEP Directed 100,000 Messages to Congress about PPE Shortages; ACEP-supported Physician Mental Health Legislation Introduced in House; Help Eliminate Barriers to Physician Mental Health Care; NEMPAC News; Regs and Eggs Blog: Addressing Violence in the Emergency Department—Yes, It’s Still a Priority; ACEP Responds to HHS Final Rule Related to Discrimination in Health Care; HHS Updates FAQs for Provider Relief Fund; ACEP Responds to CDC Request for Information on Pain Management

911 Weekly Update—June 12, 2020

Capital Minute; Introducing the NEMPAC News; Rep. Krishnamoorthi Virtual Discussion on Health Care Worker Mental Health; Federation Advocates for COVID Liability Protections; Senate Committee Examines Federal COVID Procurement and Distribution; Regs and Eggs Blog: HHS Announces Additional Distributions of Provider Relief Funding…But None for Emergency Physicians

911 Weekly Update—June 5, 2020

Urge Congress to Enact Valuable Protections for COVID-19 Health Care Providers; Introducing NEMPAC Charity Match!; Capital Minute; ACEP Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on COVID-19 Priorities; Senate Passes PPP Loan Modifications, Heads to POTUS for Signature; Advocating for Emergency Physicians’ Mental Health; Happy Anniversary, Regs & Eggs!; ACEP Requests Additional Support for Emergency Medicine from the Provider Relief Fund; CDC Releases Study on Impact of COVID-19 on ED Visits

911 Weekly Update—May 29, 2020

Contact Congress to Urge Due Process Rights for Emergency Physicians; Capital Minute; COVID Health Care Liability Protection Bill Introduced in House; House Approves Modifications to SBA Loans; Recent Advocacy Efforts to Reduce Barriers to OUD Treatment; Regs & Eggs: Summertime is Approaching…Which Means Reg Season is Coming Soon!; ACEP Responds to Request for Information on the Strategic National Stockpile; Updates to COVID-19 Financial Support Options

911 Weekly Update—May 22, 2020

Capital Minute; NEMPAC VIP Donor “Virtual Happy Hour” Series; House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis Briefing with Frontline Heroes; Due Process Bill Introduced in House; Regs & Eggs Blog: Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment; Provider Relief Fund Updates

911 Weekly Update—May 15, 2020

Capital Minute; Fifth COVID Relief Package Expected to Receive Approval in the House; Congressional Hearings This Week; Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities…Are They Here to Stay?; President Trump Announces Restocking of Nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS); CDC Releases “Decision Trees for Reopening”; CMS Releases Information on Price Transparency for COVID-19 Testing; CMS Releases Detailed Breakout of Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments; Updates to Provider Relief Fund; CMS Releases Major Annual Medicare Hospital Inpatient Proposed Rule; Joint Commission Issues Statement on Removing Barriers to Mental Health Care

911 Weekly Update—May 8, 2020

Capital Minute; NEMPAC VIP Donor “Virtual Happy Hour” Series; Senate Returns for Legislative Business: Masks and Virtual Meetings; Regs & Eggs Blog: Another Week… Which Means More COVID-19 Regulatory Changes; HHS Makes Updates to the Provider Relief Fund; Important COVID-19 Testing-Related Announcements; Guidance on Notifying FDA about Device Shortages

911 Weekly Update—May 1, 2020

ACEP Virtual Hill Day 2020; Regs & Eggs Blog: Don’t Blink! Changes to Financial Support Options Are Happening Non-stop!; New ACEP/MC Poll: Nearly A Third Delaying or Avoiding Medical Care During Pandemic; CMS Releases EMTALA FAQs; Physician Virtual March for PPE: Masks 4 Our Lives; CDC Updates Guidance on Criteria for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Returning to Work; CMS Announces Additional Temporary Regulatory Flexibilities

911 Weekly Update—April 24, 2020

NEMPAC Pulse: COVID-19 Special Edition; NEMPAC VIP Donor “Virtual Happy Hour” Series; CARES “3.5” Package Signed Into Law; Regs and Eggs: You Received Financial Relief? Should You Keep it?; HHS Announces More Details on $100 Billion CARES Act Funding; Updated Recommendations on Providing Non-Emergent Non-COVID Care; CMS Allows Independent Free-standing Emergency Departments to Temporarily Participate in Medicare and Medicaid; HHS Delays Data Sharing and Interoperability Rules; $110 Million in Funds Released for Mental Health; New Telehealth Resources Created; Updated Information on Respirators; Updated Guidance on Coverage and Cost-sharing Requirements for Health Plans; 2020 Medicare Trustees Report Released; HHS Workforce Toolkit & Opportunity for Preparedness Stakeholders

911 Weekly Update—April 17, 2020

Capital Minute; ACEP along with Physician Community Outlines Legislative Requests for Next COVID Relief Package; Action Alert: COVID-19 Relief Is Not the Place for Insurance-Favored Surprise Billing Provisions; ACEP Endorses Due Process Legislation for Emergency Physicians; Registration Reminder: ACEP Virtual Hill Day; ACEP Sends Letter to HHS Secretary on First Wave of $100 billion CARES Act Funding; Trump Administration Issues Guidelines for Reopening Country; CDC Issues New Guidance for Health Care Workers; CMS Posts Medicaid Guidance on Coverage and Cost-Sharing

911 Weekly Update—April 10, 2020

ACEP’s Capital Minute is Going Live!; ACEP Hosts Second Virtual COVID-19 Congressional Briefing; Negotiations Continue as Senate Fails to Pass Additional COVID-19 Relief; HHS Distributes First Wave of $100 billion Stimulus Funding to Health Care Providers; Registration Reminder: ACEP Virtual Hill Day; Virtual Engagement Options with Legislators during COVID-19

911 Weekly Update—April 3, 2020

Capital Minute: COVID-19 Special Edition; ACEP Continues Work on COVID-19 Relief Package; CMS Regulatory Changes for COVID-19 – Wins for Emergency Medicine!; Mark your Calendar: ACEP Virtual Hill Day is April 28; ACEP COVID-19 Media Hub

911 Weekly Update—March 27, 2020

Congress Passes $2 Trillion COVID-19 Rescue Package; Thank you for Taking Action: COVID-19 Grassroots Advocacy Update; Regs & Eggs Blog: ACEP’s Telehealth Advocacy During COVID-19 Pandemic; CMS Issues MIPS Relief; Is your Hospital Restricting PPE or Being Punitive When you Wear it?; ACEP is Continually Tracking Other Federal Updates and Guidance; Additional COVID-19 Resources

911 Weekly Update—March 20, 2020

Urge Congress to Protect Emergency Physicians Managing COVID-19; ACEP President Meets with White House to Discuss Coronavirus Response; Second Coronavirus Package Enacted; Administration Suspends Student Loan Payments; Coronavirus Regulatory Updates; ACEP LAC20 Cancellation - What’s Next

911 Weekly Update—March 13, 2020

President Declares National Emergency for Coronavirus; Congress Continues Focus on Additional Coronavirus Legislation; Capital Minute

911 Weekly Update—March 6, 2020

Federal Coronavirus Response; ACEP Actions to Address Coronavirus –Action Alert; Surprise Medical Billing Update; House Committee Reviews Substance Use Disorder Legislation

911 Weekly Update—February 28, 2020

Capital Minute; Congress, Administration Working Toward Emergency Coronavirus Funding; Senate Legislation Introduced to Help Communities Save Lives; Regs & Eggs: Reducing Your HER Burden; CMMI Announces Selected Applicants for the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3 Model)

911 Weekly Update—February 14, 2020

Two House Committees Vote on Surprise Medical Bill Legislation; ACEP Supports MISSION ZERO Appropriations Request; Regs & Eggs: More Thorns than Petals in the President’s FY 2021 Budget

911 Weekly UpdateFebruary 7, 2020

Additional Surprise Medical Bill Legislation Introduced in House; Update on ACEP’s APM Strategic Initiative; ACEP Responds to Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule; CMS Releases Proposed Notice on ACA Exchanges for 2021; CMS Releases 2021 Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice and Proposed Rule

911 Weekly UpdateJanuary 31, 2020

Capital Minute; New Details on Congressional Surprise Billing Legislation; Trump Administration Announces New Medicaid "Block Grant" Demonstration; Weekly Regs & Eggs Blog: Addressing Opioid Stigma in the Emergency Department; ACEP Opposes Supreme Court Decision to Allow “Public Charge” Rule

911 Weekly Update—January 17, 2020

Capital Minute; Surprise Billing Update; Congress Examines State Opioid Effects; House Committee Reviews Bills Related to Cannabis; ACEP Participates in Forum on Workplace Violence; ACEP signs onto AMA Letter Opposing Potential Changes to Non-Physician Supervision and Reimbursement Policies under Medicare

911 Weekly Update—December 20, 2019

Year-End Surprise Billing Update; Congress Reaches Deal on Spending Package; Federal Appeals Court Finds ACA Mandate Unconstitutional; It’s Not Too Late to Support NEMPAC This Year

911 Weekly Update—December 13, 2019

House Ways and Means Committee Announces Agreement on Surprise Billing Outline; Continue your Messaging to Congress about Surprise Billing; House Approves Prescription Drug Cost Legislation; Senate Confirms Dr. Hahn to Lead FDA; House Committee Discusses Universal Health Care; FCC Moves Forward with New Suicide Prevention Hotline

911 Weekly Update—December 6, 2019

Surprise Billing Update; Senate HELP Committee Advances FDA Commissioner Nomination; CDC Considers Revising the 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; Regs & Eggs: Regulatory Affairs Blog

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