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  • April 5 marked the effective date for the data sharing and information blocking requirements under the 21st Century Cures Act. Read here for more.
  • President Biden announced that by no later than April 19th, in every part of this country, every adult over the age of 18 will be eligible to be vaccinated.
  • On March 31, HHS issued a revised set of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Of note, HHS stated that providers must use Provider Relief Funds to cover allowable expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19 no later than June 30, 2021, adding that the Department will provide information in the future on how to return unused funds. Click here for more information on the Provider Relief Fund.
  • On March 15, CMS increased the Medicare payment rate for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. The rate for physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and many other immunizers will be $40 to administer each dose. This represents an increase from approximately $28 to $40 for the administration of single-dose vaccines and an increase from approximately $45 to $80 for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines requiring two doses. Click here for an overview of COVID-19 reimbursement policies. 

 

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