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- The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) will likely be extended for another 90-days once it reaches the current sunset date of July 15. The Administration promised that it would give 60-days notice before deciding to end the PHE (which would have been around May 16), and did not provide such notice. The continuation of the PHE means that the waivers and flexibilities that federal agencies have instituted to help health care practitioners and facilities respond to the pandemic will remain in place.
- On May 11, the CDC released new provisional data on Wednesday on drug overdose deaths, with an estimated 107,622 deaths caused by drug overdose in the U.S. in 2021. Of the estimated 107,622 deaths from drug overdose in 2021, over 75 percent (80,816) were caused by opioids. Overdose deaths from all drugs increased 15 percent over 2020, when an estimated 93,655 people died, as compared to a 30 percent increase in the number of drug overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020.
- There is a shortage of IV contrast media used for CT scans. The temporary closure of a facility in Shanghai, China that produces the contrast media will result in an 80 percent reduction in supply availability for six to eight weeks. ACEP has been in touch with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the shortage and will work with the federal government and other association partners on potential solutions and mitigation strategies. Emergency physicians should work with their local radiologists to determine which cases require the use of IV contrast. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has also issued a statement on the shortage, advising their members to actively reduce the use of contrast.
May 19, 2022 • Geriatric Value-based Care • Alternative Payment Model
NEW BLOG SERIES: Value based Care in Emergency Medicine-- an Overview
As avid readers of Regs & Eggs, you all know that one major area I have focused on has been the movement in our health care system away from fee-for-service payment towards more value-based care. Spec...
May 5, 2022 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • CMS Info • Medicare Info
No Alternative Payment Model for Emergency Physicians and other Specialists…The AMA Has a Proposed Solution
This week’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC) was a great success! We had over 300 emergency physicians from across the country (including some of you!) come to DC and speak to legislators abou...
December 23, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • CMS Info • Medicare Info • MIPS Info • Physician Fee Schedule
A Request: Please Participate in the Development and Testing of the First Emergency Medicine-Specific Cost Measure
You as emergency physicians have a rare opportunity to provide input on a proposed emergency medicine-specific cost measure that will soon be tested out in the field. Before describing more about what...
December 2, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • CMS Info • HHS • Medicare Info
CMS Innovation Center’s Vision for the Future: How Does ACEP’s Awesome “AUCM” Model Fit in?
Over the last few years, I have periodically updated you all on the status of the first, and only, emergency medicine-focused alternative payment model (APM), the Acute Unscheduled Care Model (AUCM)—f...
September 23, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • CMS Info • Medicare Info • Telehealth
ACEP Responds to Request for Information on Rural Emergency Hospitals
Last Friday, ACEP formally responded to a major regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) impacting Medicare outpatient hospital payments in 2022. As you may recall, the ...
August 19, 2021 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • Medicare Info • Alternative Payment Model
CMS Outlines its Vision for Innovation: How Does Emergency Medicine Fit in?
After a three-week summer vacation, Regs & Eggs is back in full swing! There is much to catch you all up on in the regulatory world, so grab your eggs and let’s dig right into some of the recent news....
June 24, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • CMS Info • Medicare Info
MedPAC Issues Another Annual Report to Congress: Includes Insights on Private Equity, Alternative Payment Models, and Rural Health
Last Tuesday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued another annual report to Congress. As you may recall, MedPAC issued a report to Congress in March highlighting its recommendation...
June 10, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • HHS • Medicare Info • CMS Info
Recent Opportunities to Highlight ACEP’s “Awesome” AUCM Model
It’s been awhile since I last updated you all on the status of the first, and only, emergency medicine-focused alternative payment model (APM), the Acute Unscheduled Care Model (AUCM)—fondly pronounce...
February 25, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Alternative Payment Model • CMS Info • Medicare Info • MIPS Info • Physician Fee Schedule
Paving the Way toward Value-Based Care: ACEP Submits an MIPS Value Pathway (MVP) Proposal to CMS
This week, ACEP will be submitting a proposal to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for an emergency medicine-focused Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP). T...
June 25, 2020 • Alternative Payment Model
ACEP’s Alternative Payment Model Strategic Initiative: An Update and Next Steps
While we are still actively working on COVID-19-related issues, including pushing HHS to provide emergency physicians with more funding through the Provider Relief Fund, I want to update you on ACEP’s...
February 20, 2020 • Alternative Payment Model
An Awesome Update on the AUCM Model
Those of you who enjoy a regular helping of Regs & Eggs will know that a couple years ago, ACEP created the Acute Unscheduled Care Model (AUCM), a Medicare alternative payment model (APM) specifically...
December 5, 2019 • Alternative Payment Model
Two PTAC Members Resign: What does this mean for the AUCM?
The week before Thanksgiving there were rumblings in DC, and it wasn’t just people’s hungry stomachs. Right before the holiday, two members of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Co...