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 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 has officially begun! Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued numerous proposed and final regs that impact emergency medicine. I will be working with ACEP staff...
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...
May 16, 2019
ACEP4U: Federal Surprise Billing (Out-of-Network Billing) Advocacy
Here’s an overview of our advocacy timeline so you can see where we started, what’s happening now and where we are heading next.