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Jeffrey Davis Director of Regulatory and External Affairs at ACEP

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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.

 

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