- 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.
October 24, 2019
Reforming the Stark Law
You may have heard of the long-standing Medicare “Stark Law” which prohibits a physician from self-referring (i.e. making referrals for services if the physician or an immediate family member has a fi...
October 17, 2019 • Opioids Info
The Balancing Act: Addressing the Opioid Crisis vs. Exacerbating Drug Shortages
As I mentioned previously, the Trump Administration has taken numerous actions to address the opioid crisis.
October 10, 2019 • Medicare Info
President Trump’s Response to “Medicare-for-All”
As you may have seen, there has been a growing movement among the public and lawmakers to push for Medicare-for-All, which would dramatically expand the current Medicare program to provide a public he...
October 3, 2019 • HHS
This Just In: The HHS Secretary Thinks AUCM is Awesome!
The long wait is over! After a year, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responded to the PTAC’s recommendation on ACEP’s Medicare alternative payment model (APM), ...
September 26, 2019 • Physician Fee Schedule
ACEP Responds to a Major Proposed Reg: 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Earlier this week, ACEP submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), responding to their proposed 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule—which was released in July. This is ...
September 19, 2019
Trump Administration Changes to “Public Charge” Policies Could Negatively Impact Your Patients
Trump Administration Changes to “Public Charge” Policies Could Negatively Impact Your Patients Trump Administration Changes to “Public Charge” Policies Could Negatively Impact Your Patients Last mon...
September 12, 2019
Wading through SAMHSA’s Long-Awaited 42 CFR Part 2 Reg
Wading through SAMHSA’s Long-Awaited 42 CFR Part 2 Reg Wading through SAMHSA’s Long-Awaited 42 CFR Part 2 Reg If you’re a true “Reg Head,” like me, you were eagerly awaiting the U.S. Department on H...
September 5, 2019 • Opioids Info
Reducing Barriers to Treatment for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
As an emergency physician, you have undoubtedly seen first-hand the devastating effects that the opioid crisis has had on our communities.
August 29, 2019
The Appropriate Use Criteria Program is Starting in 2020: Learn More and Take Action on Exemption for Emergencies
You may have heard about the upcoming Medicare requirement to consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) through approved clinical decision support mechanisms prior to ordering advanced imaging services.
August 22, 2019
Diving into the Regs: Proposed Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals
In my last blog, I discussed the major highlights of the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule from the Centers for Medicare & M...
August 15, 2019 • Physician Fee Schedule
Diving into the Regs: Highlights of the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
As discussed in my last blog, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released major regs that impact emergency medicine.
August 8, 2019
Reg Season is in Full Swing!
Reg Season is in Full Swing! Reg Season is in Full Swing! Reg Season has officially begun! Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued numerous proposed and final regs that ...
July 29, 2019 • Medicare Info
BREAKING NEWS: Major Medicare Payment Rule Adjusts Value of Emergency Medicine Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency responsible for running Medicare and Medicaid, just issued their proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2020.
July 25, 2019 • Alternative Payment Model
The Awesome AUCM Model
I know what you may be thinking…where are the Medicare regs? It’s supposed to be reg season, but there seems to be a major reg drought! Don’t worry, the regs are coming.
July 18, 2019 • MIPS Info
2018 MIPS Results are in! How did you do?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2018 results for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—the major quality reporting program for physicians under Medic...
July 11, 2019
The Calm Before the Storm
As discussed in my last post, we are in the midst of Reg Season. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to issue any regs. Don’t be fooled, a storm is coming!
June 27, 2019
Get out your reading glasses, it's Reg Season!
It’s summertime, which means sweltering heat and humidity in the nation’s capital, and, for those of us who like a side of regs for every meal, it means something else exciting—Reg Season!
June 20, 2019 • Violence in the ED
Share Your Experience with ED Violence and Help Shape New Federal Requirements
Unfortunately, as an emergency physician, you or someone you know has likely been physically or verbally assaulted in the ED. In fact, an ACEP survey from last year showed that nearly half of emergenc...
June 13, 2019 • Advocacy Info
Feeling burned out? Advocate for Reg Changes to Reduce Administrative Burden
We know that you, as an emergency physician, have an extremely tough job—both mentally and physically. You make numerous life or death decisions in any given clinical shift. It takes a toll. In fact, ...
June 6, 2019 • EHR Info
The Growing Debate Around EHRs & Data Sharing
Let’s shift gears to the policy issue of the week: New regs around the use of health information technology and data sharing. As you may know, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016, which...