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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YOUR VOICE COUNTS! It is your voice that matters, your voice that changes opinions, and your voice that moves legislators to support our industry and profession. APDA is in the initial stage of forming our APDA Political Action Committee.
APDA CAMPAIGN ADVOCATING FOR PROVIDER RELIEF FUND #4 -IMPORTANT! ACT NOW!
The purpose of this campaign is to share documents with your legislators to make them aware of the inability of our industry to access Provider Relief funds in Phase 2 and 3 as a result of the criteria HRSA established and our concerns as that relates to any upcoming Phase 4 distributions.
June 17-24th is National Nursing Assistants Week
CNA’s help maintain care in some of the nation’s most difficult environments. During the COVID 19 crisis, CNA’s were deemed as having the most dangerous in America. We should celebrate these men and women who are professionals and whose commitment to amazing, compassionate, life changing work should not go unnoticed or unrecognized.
The commission was asked to identify gaps in Medicare’s data and in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) change of ownership (CHOW) approval process, gaps that would make it harder to identify PE investments. Many Medicare providers have business structures that are complex, obscuring ownership and control, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). That’s a problem because the federal government’s process of enrolling or contracting with them has not caught up.
June 11, 2021 HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payment
June 10, 2021 Texas Legislature passes a bill calling for State AG to establish data breach "Wall of shame"
Following in the footsteps of California and Maine the bill requires Texas Attorney General to publish notifications of data breaches that have affected 250 or more Texas residents and to update the website to include the notification within 30 days of the notification being received. Once a company has been listed on the website, the listing must remain in place for 12 months.
June 9, 2021 Biden Administration Continues Efforts to increase vaccinations by bolstering PAYMENTS FOR AT-HOME COVID 19 VACCINATIONS for Medicare Beneficiaries
Another waiver - excluding portable x-ray transportation costs when caring for Covid 19 patients.....Will providers who administer these vaccines in the home be required to prove medical necessity in order to receive the extra monies for the home trip as PXR providers must do?
June 4, 2021 Support system helps technologists correct knee x-ray errors, reducing retakes
A group of researchers from Osaka University in Japan unveiled their deep convolutional neural network Thursday in Radiography. The system assists technologists by classifying tilting direction errors and guiding correct positioning during lateral knee radiographs.
June 3, 2021 Is routine shielding becoming a thing of the past? ACR thinks it should be discontinued.
May 26, 2021 HIPAA Privacy rule modification comment period closed May 6, 2021
May 25, 2021 American Rescue plan allows tax credit for employers for providing paid leave to employees related to Covid 19 vaccinations
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.
May 25, 2021 How Biden's Capital Gains tax increase can negatively affect Healthcare
The proposed increase would take the top rate — for individuals making more than $1 million per year — from 20% to 39.6%.“There’s no question that the capital gains tax is affecting the market,” Al Veach, the founder and CEO of Agenda Health, told Home Health Care News.
May 21, 2021 HIPAA proposed changes for 2021 include,
May 19, 2021 SNF-at-Home Models are more than just a Covid Trend - SNFs bouncing back
As skilled nursing facilities across the U.S. have begun to see occupancy rates rise, policymakers continue to reevaluate where care is delivered in the post-acute setting. The pendulum continues to shift toward at-home care, per Skilled Nursing News.
May 17, 2021 Providers await HHS Action, While Provider Relief Fund Deadlines Loom And Losses Mount
Unless HHS or Congress takes action to change this, providers must use all PRF dollars they have received by June 30, 2021 for their coronavirus expenses and lost revenues incurred up until that point. LeadingAge along with other provider associations, and now Congress, have been advocating to have the spending timeline extended for a year to allow providers to come out of the financial stress of the pandemic.
May 17, 2021 Are you prepared for the aftermath of PPP loans?
....in the form of loan-forgiveness applications, financial audits and billing reviews.“Are you ready if there’s an SBA review, or any adverse decisions of bills or SBA audits...."
May 13, 2021 Mayo Clinic, Kaiser investing $100M in acute-care-at-home model that includes imaging: ‘Unprecedented’
Per Radiology Business news....Currently, Medically Home offers imaging via portable scanners, while patients requiring MRI or CT are transported to a facility and then brought back to their residence. The move comes after Denver-based home care provider DispatchHealth just recently acquired a mobile imaging provider, also aiming to expand the delivery of radiology and other services in residential settings.
May 5, 2021 Radiologists ask Congress for $3B to offset looming cuts in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Radiologists and other physicians are asking Congress to inject another $3 billion into the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to offset looming doc pay cuts slated for 2022.
May 4, 2021 Home care start up acquires Mobile X-ray Company, Professional Portable X-ray (PPX)
“By integrating our expertise in mobile imaging with DispatchHeath’s unique technology-enabled care model, the company is uniquely positioned to become the marketplace for in-home healthcare services nationwide,” Professional Portable X-Ray CEO and co-founder Sue McNamee said in a statement in Radiology Business News
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HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments
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May 5, 2021 V-Safe-After vaccination Health Checker
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.
February 10, 2021 Fraud Alert Covid 19 Scams
Fraudsters are offering COVID-19 tests, HHS grants, and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, these services are unapproved and illegitimate. Offers to purchase COVID-19 vaccination cards are scams. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.
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October 19-22, 2021
APDA 2021 Annual Conference
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2021 Midyear Sponsors:
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Rayance & MyVet
RCN Consulting Solutions
20/20/ Imaging/Konica Minolta
10/19/2021 to 10/22/2021 EDT
Congratulations Will Irwin! Will Irwin received an unexpected visit during Day 3 of the APDA Virtual Conference Member Business meeting. Michael Straecke, APDA Emeritus, Sharon Reilley, APDA Administrator and Ken Andrews APDA member from K & A X-ray showed up at Will's office (while he was on Live during the Virtual meeting) to present him with the engraved Waterford Crystal Decanter Tom Wuerstle Founders Award, commemorating Will's years of dedicated service. Michael gave a very warm and well deserved speech thanking Will for his years of dedication and tireless service to APDA. Congratulations WILL, Well Deserved!Read More »
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Exciting News! Great Win for APDA members and the Industry! On September 26, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to modernize the Portable X-ray Conditions of Coverage (CoC). As a result of joint advocacy efforts by the American Portable Diagnostics Association(APDA) and the National Association for the Support of Long-term Care (NASL), with support from AMDA – the Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine. UPDATE to changes 9/30/2019 The final rule updating the Portable X-ray Conditions of Coverage (CoC) was published in today's edition of the Federal Register (September 30, 2019). This means the changes become effective in 60 days – November 29, 2019. Here is a link to the final rule published in the Federal Register: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20736.pdfRead More »