Regs & Eggs
- On June 28, the Biden-Harris Administration released a Maternal Health Blueprint (Blueprint and Fact Sheet).
- On June 27, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury wrote a letter to group health plans and health issuers reminding them of their obligations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide coverage for contraceptive services at no cost.
- On June 15, ACEP responded to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule—the major rule impacting Medicare payments for inpatient hospital services.
- On June 27, CMS announced a new alternative payment model called the “Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM)” that is aimed at improving cancer care for Medicare patients. EOM is a voluntary model that will run from July 2023 through June 2028 and participants will include oncology practices that treat people with Medicare undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, chronic leukemia, lung cancer, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, and small intestine/colorectal cancer.
- On June 17, CMS published a blog entitled “Pathways for Specialty Care Coordination and Integration in Population-based Models” that includes insights on increasing access to coordinated and integrated specialty care. The blog describes four major findings: 1) Providing data on specialist performance and enhancing data sharing across practices would facilitate integration with primary care; 2) Episode-based payment models can be designed to align incentives between specialists and ACO initiatives; 3) Many ACOs and primary care practices recognize value in specialty care assuming primary responsibility for special populations and beneficiaries with specific conditions; and 4) Beneficiaries with complex conditions may benefit from specialists integrated into primary care delivery pathways.
June 28, 2022 • CMS Info • ED Management • HHS
Special Edition: EMTALA Requirements Remain Fully in Effect in the Post Roe v. Wade World
The whole country is still digesting the monumental Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade last week and trying to grasp the plethora of legal ...
April 21, 2022 • Advocacy Info • ED Management
ACEP Responds to FTC and DOJ Request for Information on Mergers and Acquisitions in Health Care
Regs & Eggs - April 22, 2022
February 3, 2022 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • ED Management • HHS • Violence in the ED
Update on ACEP Actions to Address Physician Mental Health Needs and Wellbeing
I’m sure many of you, like me, follow Dr. Glaucomflecken on Twitter. Dr. Glaucomflecken is an ophthalmologist and comedian who posts hilarious, but extremely poignant, short videos (featuring himself)...
January 27, 2022 • CMS Info • No Surprises Act • ED Management
Recent Federal Efforts to Address Provider Consolidation
There has been a significant amount of interest over the last couple of years from the federal government to examine the growth in “provider consolidation” and assess the impact this trend has had on ...
November 11, 2021 • CMS Info • ED Management • Medicare Info
Breaking Down the Biden Administration’s New Vaccine Mandates: How Do they Impact you?
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, last week, the Biden Administration released two new regulations regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. First, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) i...
September 30, 2021 • Advocacy Info • ED Management • EHR Info • HHS
The Office of the National Coordinator Provides Important Clarifications on Data Sharing Requirements
A couple weeks ago, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a webinar that provided importan...
August 26, 2021 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • ED Management
Emergency Department “Boarding” At Seemingly All-Time High Levels
As many of you as emergency physicians undoubtedly know (and have experienced), crowding in the emergency department (ED) has been an issue for years—in some cases causing ED “boarding,” which can kee...
June 17, 2021 • Advocacy Info • ED Management
OSHA Releases Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19—What Does it Mean for You?
Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19. President Biden had issued an Executive Order in January ...
April 22, 2021 • Advocacy Info • ED Management • Financial Support
Emergency Department Visits Still Down Compared to Pre-Pandemic Levels
As most of you know, emergency department (ED) visits significantly fell last spring as the COVID-19 pandemic took full force. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated a 42 perce...
March 5, 2020 • ED Management
ACEP Releases its National Strategic Plan for ED Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, emergency physician-led care teams are on the frontlines helping to respond to confirmed or suspected cases. That is why ACE...