- On May 4, HHS announced $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan to strengthen COVID-19 response efforts and increase vaccinations in rural communities.
- On May 3, HHS announced a new program that covers the costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing.
- On April 30, CMS released the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022—a rule that updates and refines parameters and standards for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans.
- April 5 marked the effective date for the data sharing and information blocking requirements under the 21st Century Cures Act. ACEP has put together a poll to gather more information about the experiences emergency physicians and their hospitals are having implementing the requirements. Emergency physicians, Please fill out the poll!
- For other ACEP advocacy updates, check out this week’s edition of the Capital (30) Minutes.
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 It seems that as soon as I write a blog, it becomes outdated.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...
April 2, 2020 • CMS Info
ACEP Regulatory Victories
We could all use a little bit of good news right now, and this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) delivered some—by issuing a plethora of policies and waivers aimed at providing ...
March 26, 2020 • Advocacy Info
ACEP’s Telehealth Advocacy During COVID-19 Pandemic
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major temporary expansions to existing telehealth policies under Medicare in an effort to enable patients to communicate with th...
March 19, 2020 • Advocacy Info
Proud to Represent You
As we deal with this crisis, I wanted to take a moment to say how proud I am to advocate on your behalf. Thank you, thank you for everything that you do! I also want you to know that ACEP is doing eve...
March 12, 2020 • HHS
HHS Releases Long-Awaited HIT Regs
The health policy and health information technology (HIT) communities have long been anticipating the release of major, game changing regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...
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...
February 27, 2020 • EHR Info
Reducing your EHR Burden
I’m sure when you decided to become a doctor you didn’t envision spending hours each day in front of a computer entering information into electronic health records (EHRs). Unfortunately, it’s become a...
February 20, 2020 • Alternative Payment Model
An Awesome Update on the AUCM Model
Those of you who enjoy a regular helping of Regs & Eggs will know that a couple years ago, ACEP created the Acute Unscheduled Care Model (AUCM), a Medicare alternative payment model (APM) specifically...
February 13, 2020
More Thorns than Petals in the President’s FY 2021 Budget
Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2021. Each year, the president issues the President’s Budget, which lays out his administration’s vision an...
February 6, 2020 • Medicare Info
Big Changes are Coming to Medicaid: What these "Block Grants" Could Mean for You
Last week, the Trump Administration announced a significant policy that may affect many of the patients you serve—the Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO). This new voluntary Medicaid initiative would prov...
January 30, 2020 • Opioids Info
Addressing Opioid Stigma in the Emergency Department
As emergency physicians, you have undoubtedly treated patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) in the emergency department (ED). Do you view a patient with OUD differently from your patient i...
January 23, 2020 • Medicare Info
Potential Changes to Non-Physician Supervision and Reimbursement Policies Coming to Medicare
You may have heard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering changing existing Medicare regs around non-physician supervision requirements and reimbursement—in other words...
January 16, 2020 • Advocacy Info
Advocating for Emergency Telehealth Reimbursement
Innovations around telehealth are a critical way to give patients greater access to an emergency physician in an inner-city or rural emergency department (ED). Telehealth access from the ED setting to...
January 9, 2020 • MIPS Info
MIPS Updates for the New Year
MIPS Updates for the New Year MIPS Updates for the New Year Although I recently wrote about the upcoming policy changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the major quality reportin...
January 2, 2020
Reflections on 2019: A year full of regulatory victories
Happy New Year! 2019 has come to a close, and it's time to reflect on an exciting and productive year in the regulatory world. Here are ACEP’s top 10 advocacy achievements of the past year (in no part...
December 19, 2019 • Opioids Info
New Guidelines Coming for Prescribing Opioids to Treat Acute Pain
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline for prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain has become a hot topic as the nation continues combating the opioid epidemic.
December 12, 2019 • MIPS Info
MIPS: Upcoming Changes You Should Know About
Many of you are all too familiar with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the major quality reporting program for physicians under Medicare. MIPS measures performance in four categories —...
December 5, 2019 • Alternative Payment Model
Two PTAC Members Resign: What does this mean for the AUCM?
The week before Thanksgiving there were rumblings in DC, and it wasn’t just people’s hungry stomachs. Right before the holiday, two members of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Co...
November 28, 2019
Giving Thanks for Beneficial Regs and Our Holiday Wish List
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This week, please enjoy some regs with turkey legs!
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...
November 14, 2019 • FDA Info
FDA Drug Shortage Task Force Releases Long-Awaited Report: Highlights and Next Steps
The ongoing shortage of life-saving medicines is one of the biggest challenges emergency physicians face on a daily basis. Fortunately, progress is finally being made to address this critical issue.
November 7, 2019 • CMS Info
CMS Releases Major Final Reg: 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), released its final 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) reg, which includes changes that will affect Medicare physician payments ...