29 07, 2021

CMS News Alert | July 29, 2021

By |2021-07-29T18:35:39-04:00July 29th, 2021|Legislation|

4 Final FY 2022 Payment Rules SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Final Rule Hospice Payment Rate Update: FY 2022 Final Rule IRF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Final Rule IPF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Final Rule SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Final Rule On July 29, CMS issued a final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) under the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.  In [...]

22 07, 2021

CMS News Alert | July 22, 2021

By |2021-07-23T15:12:17-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Legislation|

News COVID-19: EUA for Tocilizumab Monoclonal Antibody Product Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System FAQs Wound Debridement: Comparative Billing Report in July 3 Ways to Protect Your Medicare Enrollment Information Americans with Disabilities Act: 31st Anniversary Viral Hepatitis: Medicare Covers Preventive Services Compliance Polysomnography Services: Bill Correctly Claims, Pricers, & Codes ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Files for FY 2022 MLN Matters® Articles Changes to the Laboratory National Coverage Determination (NCD) Edit Software for October 2021 Implement Operating Rules - Phase III [...]

22 07, 2021

Advocacy in Action | July 22, 2021

By |2021-07-23T15:05:40-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Legislation|

  Advocacy Events and Opportunities at the Annual Meeting The AAOS advocacy team and Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) are gearing up for the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting. Per usual, the primary way that members can engage with staff and surgeon advocacy leaders is by visiting the OrthoPAC Booth located in Exhibit Hall. They can learn more about what the Office of Government Relations is doing to advance musculoskeletal care and meet with colleagues who are passionate about healthcare policy, including representatives from the [...]

19 07, 2021

CMS News Alert | July 19, 2021

By |2021-07-20T11:14:03-04:00July 19th, 2021|Legislation|

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Price Transparency, Access to Care, Safety & Health Equity CMS is proposing actions to address the health equity gap, ensure consumers have the information they need to make fully informed decisions regarding their health care, improve emergency care access in rural communities, and use lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to inform patient care and quality measurements. In accordance with President Biden’s Competition Executive Order, CMS is further strengthening its efforts to increase price transparency, [...]

15 07, 2021

CMS News Alert | July 15, 2021

By |2021-07-19T12:33:05-04:00July 15th, 2021|Legislation|

News Cognitive Assessment: Resources for Providers CMS Opens National Coverage Determination Analysis on Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease PEPPERs for HHAs and PHPs Compliance IRF Services: Follow Medicare Billing Requirements Claims, Pricers, & Codes ICD-10-CM Codes: FY 2022 Multimedia Medicare Billing: Form CMS-1500 and 837 Professional Web-Based Training — Revised Medicare Billing: Form CMS-1450 and 837 Institutional Web-Based Training — Revised

13 07, 2021

CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access

By |2021-07-14T13:40:17-04:00July 13th, 2021|Legislation|

CMS is proposing changes to address the widening gap in health equity highlighted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and to expand patient access to comprehensive care, especially in underserved populations. In CMS’s annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule, the agency is recommending steps that continue the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to strengthen and build upon Medicare by promoting health equity; expanding access to services furnished via telehealth and other telecommunications technologies for behavioral health care; enhancing diabetes prevention programs; and [...]

9 07, 2021

Advocacy in Action

By |2021-07-09T12:54:29-04:00July 9th, 2021|Legislation|

Submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on its proposed changes to the 2022 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (read more below).       The Bone Beat Episode Preview Conversations on health policy issues affecting musculoskeletal care... Telemedicine after COVID: Conversations with Congress, Part 2 This part two episode of a three-part series for AAOS’ Orthopaedic Advocacy Week focuses on ensuring that flexibilities for valuable telemedicine services remain post-pandemic. Adam S. Levin, MD, [...]

8 07, 2021

CMS News Alert | July 8, 2021

By |2021-07-14T13:37:04-04:00July 8th, 2021|Legislation|

News COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments: Updated FAQs COVID-19 Snapshot: Impact on the Medicare Population Compliance Hospice Aide Services: Enhancing RN Supervision MLN Matters® Articles July Quarterly Update for 2021 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Fee Schedule October Quarterly Update to 2021 Annual Update of HCPCS Codes Used for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Consolidated Billing (CB) Enforcement — Revised

28 06, 2021

CMS News Alert | June 28, 2021

By |2021-06-29T15:43:55-04:00June 28th, 2021|Legislation|

CMS to Improve Home Health Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Proposed rule would accelerate shift from volume-based incentives to quality-based incentives The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that accelerates the shift from paying for home health services based on volume, to a system that incentivizes value and quality. The rule also seeks feedback on ways to attain health equity for all patients through policy solutions, including enhancing reports on [...]

24 06, 2021

Advocacy in Action

By |2021-06-28T15:31:07-04:00June 24th, 2021|Legislation|

    Expressed deep concerns to UnitedHealthcare over its new policy to allow for the retroactive denial of coverage for emergency care (read more below).         AAOS News AAOS Expresses Support for Legislation to Maintain Telehealth Flexibilities Earlier this month, the AAOS sent letters of support to the lead congressional sponsors of two telehealth focused bills: the CONNECT for Health Act and the Telehealth Modernization Act. Both bills were introduced this year in the U.S. House and Senate [...]

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