Regs & Eggs
- On September 15, CMS released data that highlights trends in the use of telehealth services between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2022. The data allows for analysis of telehealth utilization by quarter, state, and various demographic characteristics.
- On September 14, CMS published “Request for Information: Advanced Explanation of Benefits and Good Faith Estimate for Covered Individuals.” This document is a request for information (RFI) to inform DOL, HHS, the Treasury, and OPM’s rulemaking for advanced explanation of benefits (AEOB) and good faith estimate (GFE) requirements of the No Surprises Act.
- On September 12, CMS announced that people with Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, private insurance coverage, or no health coverage can get COVID-19 vaccines, including the updated Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, at no cost, for as long as the federal government continues purchasing and distributing these COVID-19 vaccines.
- On September 6, CMS released a request for information on called “Make Your Voice Heard: Promoting Efficiency and Equity Within CMS Programs.” CMS is seeking public input on accessing healthcare and related challenges, understanding provider experiences, advancing health equity, and assessing the impact of waivers and flexibilities provided in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
August 20, 2020 • Opioids Info
Increasing Access to Naloxone
As emergency physicians, you are not only on the frontlines battling COVID-19, but for years, you have been actively trying to tackle another public health crisis facing our country: the opioid use di...
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...
August 6, 2020 • Physician Fee Schedule
It’s Here: The 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Has Been Released!
For weeks now, the health policy community has been eagerly waiting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to release the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program ...
July 30, 2020
President Trump Issues Executive Orders on Drug Prices
As we continue to wait for the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed regulation to be released, the Trump Administration has been making other regulatory headlines. Last Friday, Presiden...
July 23, 2020 • HHS
Concerns and Skepticism about HHS’ Transition to New Hospital Data Collection System
As you may have heard, last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a change in how states and hospitals are to report critical data about the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of r...
July 16, 2020 • HHS
HHS Finalizes Regulations on Substance Use Disorder Patients’ Confidentiality
Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS') Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a final regulation modifying 42 CFR Part 2—a set of reg...
July 9, 2020 • Advocacy Info
An Update on ACEP’s COVID-19 Advocacy Strategy
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging across the country with no end in sight. As regions are discussing how to reopen safely, we are seeing large daily upticks in the number of cases, ...
July 2, 2020 • Medicare Info
Medicare Payment Waivers: How Long will They Last?
ACEP continues to work to ensure that you have the resources and regulatory flexibility you need to effectively and safely treat your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As discussed in a previous ...
June 25, 2020 • Alternative Payment Model
ACEP’s Alternative Payment Model Strategic Initiative: An Update and Next Steps
While we are still actively working on COVID-19-related issues, including pushing HHS to provide emergency physicians with more funding through the Provider Relief Fund, I want to update you on ACEP’s...
June 18, 2020 • Violence in the ED
Addressing Violence in the Emergency Department—Yes, It’s Still a Priority
Although most of ACEP’s federal advocacy efforts in recent months have focused on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve still been advancing efforts on other critical issues for emergency physi...
June 11, 2020 • HHS
HHS Announces Additional Distributions of Provider Relief Funding…But None for Emergency Physicians
Over the last two months or so, I’ve described here in Regs & Eggs how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been distributing the Provider Relief Fund—the $175 billion pot of funding ...
June 4, 2020 • Advocacy Info
Advocating for You and Your Health
Happy Anniversary, Regs & Eggs! This week marks one year since the first Regs & Eggs blog post was published. Over the past year I have tried to lay out how federal regulations impact you and the pati...
May 28, 2020
Summertime is Approaching…Which Means Reg Season is Coming Soon!
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, and for those of us in the health policy community, summertime is the busiest time of the year: Reg Season! Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Me...
May 21, 2020 • Opioids Info
Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
This week is EMS week, which gives all of us an opportunity to thank our frontline providers for their hard work and sacrifice as they have answered the call of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 14, 2020 • Medicare Info
Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities…Are They Here to Stay?
On Monday, I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar sponsored by the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative on emergency department (ED)-based telehealth models.
May 7, 2020
Another Week… Which Means More COVID-19 Reg Changes
In my blog last week, I mentioned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was planning on releasing a COVID-19 regulation any day—and in fact the reg came out later that same day, Thur...
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...