- The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, included $140 million in funding to support one of ACEP's top advocacy priorities –the “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act.” This critical funding, which ACEP helped secure, will support mental and behavioral health training for health care professionals, other health care providers, and first responders. ACEP is extremely pleased to report that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has started the process of distributing a portion of this funding through grants – just a few months after the American Rescue Plan was enacted. On July 16, HRSA announced the availability of $103 million through three separate grant programs. All three grants aim to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health workforce.
- On July 19, the HHS Secretary extended the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for another 90 days. It was currently set to expire on July 20, 2021, and the 90-day extension becomes effective on that date. Therefore, the PHE is now set to expire on October 18, 2021. Although the PHE can only be officially extended for 90 days at a time, HHS has already stated unofficially that that the PHE will likely last until the end of the calendar year. The extension of the PHE means that the waivers and flexibilities that CMS and other federal agencies have instituted to help health care practitioners and facilities respond to the pandemic will remain in place.
- ACEP has drafted a comprehensive summary of the CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Proposed Regulation. Read the July 15th Regs & Eggs blog post for highlights of the reg.
- On July 13, ACEP responded to a proposed reg related to the ACA Exchanges that would lengthen the annual open enrollment period and undo some of the regulatory changes finalized by the Trump Administration that allow states operating their own exchanges to circumvent certain ACA requirements.
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...