- On October 7 and 8, MedPAC held a public meeting, during which the Commission discussed various Medicare policies including high drug prices, access to care among vulnerable populations, and features of Medicare alternative payment models.
- On October 6, the Department of Education announceda set of actions to reform the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, making it easier for individuals to get their loans forgiven.
- On September 29, ACEP met with CMS leadership to discuss potential short—and long-term solutions to help address the emergency department boarding crisis.
October 14, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Financial Support • HHS
Update on the Provider Relief Fund: Resources Still Available to Cover COVID-19 Increased Expenses and Lost Revenues
It’s been a while since I’ve provided an update on the Provider Relief Fund (PRF)—a $178 billion fund created by Congress to cover providers’ lost revenues and increased expenses due to COVID-19. Thus...
July 8, 2021 • Advocacy Info • HHS • Financial Support
The Biden Administration Issues First Regulation Implementing the No Surprises Act: Highlights and Some Perspective
The health policy community got a special gift right before the start of the July Fourth weekend. Last Thursday, July 1st, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor (refe...
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...
February 18, 2021 • Financial Support • HHS
Federal Financial Support for COVID-Related Losses are Still Available—Find Out More About Your Options!
As you well know, during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), you, your emergency physician colleagues, and your group practices have not been immune from the economic consequences of reduced v...
September 3, 2020 • Financial Support
Advocating for Reforms to the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund and Uninsured Program
Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continued to mishandle the distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF), a $175 billion fund appropriated by Congress to hel...
April 30, 2020 • Financial Support
Don’t Blink! Changes to Financial Support Options Happening Non-stop!
I’ll be frank: I’m finding these blogs harder and harder to write as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. It seems that as soon as I write a blog, it becomes outdated.
April 23, 2020 • Financial Support
You Received Financial Relief. Should You Keep it?
For the last couple weeks, I have discussed issues related to the distribution of the $100 billion pot of funding that was included in the stimulus bill (the CARES Act). As I mentioned last week, you ...
April 16, 2020 • Financial Support
Health Care Providers Receive Financial Relief…with Strings Attached
Last Friday, you or your emergency medicine group should have received a payment that was automatically deposited in the bank account that you have on file with Medicare. This payment was part of an o...
April 9, 2020 • Financial Support
ACEP Pushes for More Financial Support for Emergency Physicians
As many of you know, the recently-passed federal COVID-19 stimulus bill (CARES Act) included a number of financial support options that could help you during this extremely difficult time. I would lik...
November 21, 2019 • Financial Support
Trump Administration Releases Far-Reaching Price Transparency Regs
If you didn’t know the Trump Administration was serious about promoting price transparency in health care, you do now! Last week, it issued two regs that will have major implications for hospitals, he...