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We ask for your help in making noise on the Hill to EDUCATE our representatives and the healthcare industry on Portable Diagnostics and its value (avoiding unnecessary hospital visits by bringing x-rays & diagnostics to the elderly-saving lives & money)FIGHT for fair and equal transportation reimbursement for ALL states and PUSH for Fair inclusion in COVID waivers and provider relief funds. 

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It is your voice that matters, your voice that changes opinions, and your voice that moves legislators to support our industry and profession. 
 

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Reminder Deadlines:
Deadline for Use of Covid 19 Provider Relief Funds for: payment received 1/1/2021-6/30/2021 Period 3 is June 30, 2022
Deadlines for Reporting $10,000 in aggregate payments received 1/1/2021-6/30/2021 Period 3 is 7/1/2022-9/30/2022

DO YOU HAVE EKG MACHINES THAT ARE OLD, USED OR NOT NEEDED? 
Would you be interested in Donating them to an organization that is dedicated to saving young lives by performing free screening ekgs on young High School and College athletes prior to joining sports activities to detect heart disease such as cardiomyopathy? Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in sports and on school campuses and that 1 in 300 youths have undetected heart conditions?
READ MORE about true stories and learn how this dedicated group is saving lives. If you are interested in donating please call Evan Ernst, Executive Director at 321-506-0074 or email: evan.ernst@whoweplayfor.org. Helping thousands of athletic youths will do a good thing for your heart too!

June 23, 2022 RiteAid partners with Rural startup Homeward to provide primary care in rural communities
The two companies are partnering to provide primary care services on-site at up to 700 Rite Aid pharmacy locations in rural communities. Homeward will start by providing in-network clinical services, including primary care and specialty care—beginning with cardiology—using its mobile vans parked in Rite Aid parking lots at stores in Michigan in the third quarter of this year. 

June 22, 2022 CMS proposes $810M cut in home health care
CMS is proposing a 4.2% decline in Medicare payments to home health agencies for 2023, a decline of $810 million compared with 2022 rates. The agency is proposing a 2.9% increase for home health payments, but that bump is washed out after considering a 6.9% decline to reflect adjustments to behavioral assumptions for home health use.

June 22, 2022 Court hits X-ray technologist with fines & permanent Injunction for falsifying credentials
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has won a lawsuit totaling $56,664 against a former technologist who repeatedly falsified ARRT’s trademarked credentials.  A recent employer attested that "she believed he was accredited with ARRT because of the falsified credentials, and that she would not have hired him absent ARRT credentials."

June 16, 2022 Are mandates to limit Radiologist workload, duty or speed coming soon? 

Against the backdrop of radiologists getting sued for medical negligence after allegedly reading images too hastily, recent years have seen calls to nationally mandate limits on rads’ workload volumes, reading speeds and on-duty hours. The authors of a new literature review challenge the wisdom of formalizing such requirements.

June 14, 2022 AI reads of neck ultrasounds could displace thyroid biopsies
Upon training a machine learning model to analyze ultrasound images of the neck, researchers tested their algorithm and have found it correctly flagged likely cancerous nodules of the thyroid gland at a 97% clip.

June 10, 2022 Medicaid weighs attaching strings to Nursing Home Payments
The Biden administration is considering a requirement that the nation’s 15,500 nursing homes spend most of their payments from Medicaid on direct care for residents and limit the amount that is used for operations, maintenance, and capital improvements or diverted to profits..

June 10, 2022 CDC lifts COVID 19 test requirement for international travel
On June 10, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rescinded the Order titled “Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving in the United States from any Foreign Country.”

June 9, 2022 Technologist salary survey shows raises in all practice areas
X-ray techs had the largest collective pay hike, 12.8%, which took them from $57,865 in 2019 to $65,246 in 2022.


June 5, 2022 Radiologists best AI at diagnosing COVID on Chest x-rays
AI can help humans inspect chest X-rays for COVID-19, but the technology is unfit to serve as a standalone diagnostic tool for that purpose, according to a prospective observational study conducted at the University of Minnesota and published online June 1 in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.


June 3, 2022 HHS Extends States' Deadline to utilize American Rescue Plan's HCBS Funding
Friday’s announcement means that states can access that funding for a longer period of time. Initially, there was a three-year period carved out – from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2024. Now, that funding will be available for states to expend until March 31 of 2025.

June 2, 2022 Medicare SNF spending jumps 4.4% despite lowest # of beneficiaries in a decade
The number of traditional Medicare beneficiaries using SNFs has declined by one-third in the last decade to land at 1.3 million enrollees in 2020 – the lowest number of Medicare SNF users in a decade.

May 25, 2022 7 Myths and misperceptions about Teleradiology

May 23, 2022 New Surgeon General Advisory sounds Alarm on healthcare workers burnout and resignation
“The nation’s health depends on the well-being of our health workforce. Confronting the long-standing drivers of burnout among our health workers must be a top national priority,” said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

May 17, 2022 HHS misses 60 day deadline to notify providers to end the PHE. Will it be extended beyond July?

HHS has promised to give providers 60 days' notice of the end of the PHE. This week – by some reports, yesterday – was the deadline for HHS to provide the 60 days' notice if the public health emergency was to end July 15.

May 10, 2022 CMS moves ahead with efforts to increase transparency over nursing home ownership
While the current administration’s intent to improve quality may be laudable, Verma believes there were several “missed opportunities” in getting to this point — pointing to expanding telehealth and revamping the survey process as just a few.

May 8, 2022 Portable MRI detects sports injuries near point of play
Applied physicists have developed a portable MRI system that can screen young tennis players for wrist injuries in a minivan or suchlike passenger vehicle before or after symptoms develop.

May 2, 2022 New x-ray technique for checking G tubes
Radiologists have developed an abdominal x-ray protocol for checking placement of feeding tubes. Testing the technique on more than 220 patients, they showed it yields images of high quality while reducing radiation dose by 80% and can be easily generalized to similar imaging indications.

April 27, 2022 PXR business convicted at Trial of $2M Fraud Scheme
Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that a federal jury returned guilty verdicts today against Defendant Thomas G. O’Lear, 57, of North Canton, following a five-day trial before Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland.  O’Lear was convicted of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of approximately $2 million by billing for x-ray related services that his company, Portable Radiology Services, did not provide, for making false statements to cover up the fraud and for committing aggravated identity theft. 

April 25, 2022 HHS Warns HPH Sector About Insider Threats in Healthcare


April 21, 2022 Surprise billing Arbitration Portal now open to payers and providers
The portal initiates what's known as the federal independent dispute resolution process, a key part of the No Surprises Act that outlaws balance bills in most cases

April 20, 2022 Tips to Prepare for Upcoming Provider Relief Fund Reporting

Leading Age shares tips on steps providers can take now to prepare for Reporting Period 3 and beyond

April 19, 2022 Home Health concerned about proposed payment rule of 2023
“LeadingAge’s nonprofit and mission-driven home health members tell us...... they’re concerned about the rising cost of gas and staffing – and they would love to see these price increases recognized in the annual update.” (so would portable diagnostic providers)

April 16, 2022 PHE Renewed effective April 16, 2022 


April 13, 2022 WHO issues updated brief 'to spark an overdue cultural change in medical imaging'
The World Health Organization issued a new policy brief for healthcare providers that stresses the importance of radiation protection and ethically guided care in medical imaging. 

April 12, 2022 Proposed Medicare Funding Cuts "Shocking" to SNF Operators
Operators are feeling pressure from all sides as the proposed payment rule for the nursing home industry dropped on Monday, which unveiled a 4.6% cut to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and 3.9% increase to Medicare payments for the sector.

April 8, 2022 Regulators greenlight 1st autonomous medical imaging AI that requires NO radiologist involvement
“ChestLink ushers in the era of AI autonomy in healthcare — something we have been promised by medical futurists and technology experts. It presents the first case where a medical diagnostic evaluation will be carried out solely by an artificial intelligence application,” Gediminas Peksys, chief executive officer of the Vilnius, Lithuania-based company said.

April 8, 2022 What happens when Covid 19 health care emergency ends?


April 9, 2022 What Happens When Covid 19 PHE expires?
There are numerous implications to ending these emergency declarations, each of which gave the federal government flexibilities to waive or modify certain requirements in a range of areas, including in the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP programs, and in private health insurance, as well as to allow for the authorization of 
medical countermeasures and to provide liability immunity to providers who administer services, among other things.


April 7, 2022 CMS returning to certain Pre Covid policies in LTC and other facilities
Details can be found in the Quality, Safety, and Oversight (QSO) memo here: https://www.cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and-memos-states-and/update-covid-19-emergency-declaration-blanket-waivers-specific.



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Recipients who received one or more payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, during a Payment Received Period are required to report in each applicable Reporting Time Period as outlined in the table below. LEARN MORE

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Providers who are required to report in Reporting Period 2:

  • The PRF Reporting Portal opened for Reporting Period 2 on January 1, 2022 & will remain open through March 31, 2022 11:59PM ET
  • Providers who received one or more General and/or Targeted PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 must report on their use of funds in Reporting Period 2.
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