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- On May 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a virtual public meeting about improving its Whistleblower Protection Program. ACEP member Gray-Eurom, participated on behalf of ACEP and spoke during the meeting. ACEP also followed up on Dr. Gray-Eurom’s comments and submitted a formal response to OSHA. For more information about the meeting, please click here.
- On May 24, ACEP responded to a CMS proposed rule called “Implementing Certain Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and other Revisions to Medicare Enrollment and Eligibility Rules." ACEP strongly supports the rule, since these policies, once finalized, will help reduce disparities in care and promote health equity by eliminating barriers to and ensuring ease of enrollment in Medicare, thereby expanding healthcare coverage.
- 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.
- 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 12, 2022 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • No Surprises Act
CMS Finalizes New Network Adequacy Requirements for Certain Private Health Plans
In a Regs and Eggs blog post from January, I discussed a promising proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to add emergency physicians to the network adequacy requirements for...
April 14, 2022 • No Surprises Act • Advocacy Info
No Surprises Act Updates Related to the “Disputed” Independent Dispute Resolution Process
To state the obvious, the first few months since the No Surprises Act has gone into effect have been a bit bumpy (and let’s face it, the period before that wasn’t so smooth either). As you all know fr...
March 3, 2022 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
The Flawed Independent Dispute Resolution Process Has Been Fixed… For Now
As you probably all know, there has been a significant development in the legal battle over the flawed independent dispute resolution (IDR) process to resolve payment disputes for out-of-network servi...
February 10, 2022 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • No Surprises Act
The Flip Side of the Coin: A Look at the Increase in Health Insurer Consolidation
A couple weeks ago, Regs & Eggs took a look at the significant increase in provider consolidation and the actions (or lack thereof) the federal government has taken to address this trend. I thought it...
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 ...
January 20, 2022 • No Surprises Act
ACEP Launches Website Highlighting Major No Surprises Act Requirements for Emergency Physicians
As you all know, the important consumer protections instituted by the No Surprises Act went into effect on January 1. I have written numerous blog posts about the major policy issues that have resulte...
January 13, 2022
The No Surprises Act
A summary of the major requirements and what they mean for you.
December 9, 2021 • Advocacy Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
ACEP and EDPMA Officially Respond to the Extremely Flawed Second Interim Final Regulation Implementing the No Surprises Act
Earlier this week, ACEP and the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) submitted an official response to the second interim final regulation implementing the No Surprises Act. As...
November 18, 2021 • CMS Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
Status Update: ACEP Actions to Push Back Against Flawed No Surprises Act Regulation
As you may recall, I went into depth in a Regs & Eggs blog in early October breaking down the significantly flawed second interim final regulation implementing the No Surprises Act. Now, a month and a...
October 7, 2021 • Advocacy Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
Breaking Down the Concerning and Flawed Second Interim Final Reg Implementing the No Surprises Act
As many of you already know, last week, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor (the Departments) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued an interim final r...
September 2, 2021 • Advocacy Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
ACEP and EDPMA Officially Respond to the First Interim Final Regulation Implementing the No Surprises Act
Earlier this week, ACEP and the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) submitted an official response to an interim final regulation implementing part of the No Surprises Act. If...
July 8, 2021 • Advocacy Info • HHS • Financial Support • No Surprises Act
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 1, 2021 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
Important SMB Status Update: Key Recommendations Sent to Federal Agencies Implementing the No Surprises Act
The Regs & Eggs blog post from a few weeks ago focused on ACEP’s regulatory advocacy strategy for the implementation of the No Surprises Act—a law enacted at the end of last year which addresses surpr...
March 11, 2021 • Advocacy Info • HHS • No Surprises Act
The Implementation of the “No Surprises Act”: On your Mark, Get Set, Go!
As many of you may know, the “No Surprises Act” was ultimately included in the major omnibus bill that passed through Congress at the end of last year. This Act bans balance billing for out-of-network...