- 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 15, 2021 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • Medicare Info • MIPS Info • Physician Fee Schedule • Telehealth
Another Major Regulation Released: CMS Issues the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Reg
Another week, another major regulation. A couple weeks ago, federal agencies released the No Surprises Act Interim Final Regulation, and this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) i...
May 20, 2021 • CMS Info • Opioids Info • Telehealth
CMS Releases Medicaid Utilization Data from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover over 100 million children, pregnant women, parents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities across the country—so it’s not a surpri...
March 18, 2021 • Advocacy Info • Medicare Info • Physician Fee Schedule • Telehealth
MedPAC Issues Annual Report on Medicare Payment Policy: Any Good Recommendations?
Every March, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) releases a comprehensive report to Congress outlining its recommendations for updating Medicare payments—and earlier this week, MedPAC is...
December 17, 2020 • CMS Info • Medicare Info • Advocacy Info • HHS • Physician Fee Schedule • Telehealth
COVID-19 Telehealth Flexibilities: What Remains and Disappears Once the Public Health Emergency Ends
As discussed in previous Regs & Eggs posts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other offices within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have instituted numerous teleh...
December 3, 2020 • Advocacy Info • CMS Info • Physician Fee Schedule • MIPS Info • Opioids Info • Telehealth • Medicare Info
The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Reg: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year 2021 physician fee schedule (PFS) final regulation. As a reminder, this is the major annual reg that im...
August 13, 2020 • Telehealth
President Trump’s Executive Order on Rural Health and Telehealth: Impact on Emergency Medicine
On August 3, President Trump issued an executive order (EO) related to rural health and telehealth. As a reminder, EOs don’t actually effectuate policies, but rather, they direct federal agencies to i...