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                   TAKE ACTION!

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. 


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. 

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.
We ask that you act on this immediately; we appreciate your help and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to Ryan Kingrey, Laura Bozell or Chris Sarley

Members Only:
Railroad Medicare Special provisions for Radiology Documentation Requests
Railroad Medicare held a webinar on May 28, 2021 and posted the Q&A discussion. Information shared included medical necessity, signature rules and more. This is accessable for Members Only by clicking the button below. Members must sign in and go to Resources Tab. 


American Disabilities Act Celebrates 30 year Anniversary
This year marks the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. Throughout this 30th anniversary year, the Civil Rights Division is recognizing the many ways in which the ADA has transformed American society and enabled a generation of Americans with disabilities to thrive

July 22, 2021 Mobile Health Provider offering at Home X-rays and Ultrasounds expands to new states
Around since 2016, EZaccessMD dubs itself as the “first and only” provider to offer both teleconsults with board-certified physicians alongside in-person diagnostics “Accessibility to quality health services continues to be a critical barrier for communities nationwide, amplified only further by COVID-19,” company President Lois Irwin said in Cision Newswire. 

July 21, 2021 OSHA Healthcare Employer Safety Rule Takes Effect, Compliance Deadlines Begin

The ETS requires most healthcare employers to implement new standards that will assist in protecting healthcare workers from COVID-19.[3] These standards are detailed and require implementation by July 6th and July 21, 2021

July 19, 2021 U.S. Government Launches New One Stop Rasomware website 

The new resource – StopRansomware.gov – is an interagency resource that provides guidance on ransomware protection, detection, and response in a single location.

July 15, 2021 CMS Releases 2022 Physician's Fee Schedule Proposed Rule - 2% cut Radiology

July 13, 2021 AHCA Demands HHS Release Remainder of Provider Relief Funds, Reporting Portal open July 1, 2021
In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) more than 50 Democrats and Republicans requested an additional $10 billion from the PRF be allocated to long-term care facilities. What about Portable Diagnostics? 

July 11, 2021 Cynthia Morton, vice president for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care - writes a compelling article supporting Portable X-ray Industry

..... providers that contract directly with nursing facilities to provide services to patients — have had little to no access to the Provider Relief Funds. These are frontline providers and the exclusion has cut off needed funding for those providing rehab therapy and diagnostics, including patient lab services and portable x-rays to nursing home patients.

July 8, 2021 DispatchHealth Looks to Expand SNF-at-Home Model

Now with 150 vehicles operating throughout the country that can do everything from lab testing, medication administration, ultrasounds and more, DispatchHealth aims to treat the sickest of the sick inside the home.

July 5, 2021 HHS warns providers to take action Now to Secure PACS systems

In June 2021, a study by ProPublica revealed millions of medical images have been exposed via the Internet via vulnerable PACS. The HHS' Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordinaton Center (HC3) Has issued a TLP:White Alert warning about vulnerabilities in the Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) used by hospitals, clinics, small healthcare practices, and research institutions for sharing patient data and medical images.The HC3 Sector Alert warns that PACS vulnerabilities are exposing sensitive patient data and placing systems at risk of compromise. Vulnerable Internet-exposed PACS servers can easily be identified and compromised by hackers, threatening not just the PACS servers but also any systems to which those servers connect.

July 2, 2021 Interim final rule banning surprise billing is released 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule this week banning surprise medical bills and some out-of-network charges, which will go into effect on January 1, 2022 for providers and insurance plans that begin on or after that date.

July 1, 2021 Congressman Suozzi (NY) on Thursday, introduced "The Wish Act " 
If passed, the WISH Act would create a new federal long-term care insurance trust fund that would help seniors purchase care services and supports in the setting they prefer.The benefit would be funded through a payroll tax of 0.3% for workers and employers. If enacted, the WISH Act would move a portion of public support for long-term care away from Medicaid and give seniors flexibility around how they spend the funds.

June 27, 2021 
Choose Home’ Legislation Gaining Significant Support in Congress, Nearing Formal Introduction

If introduced and eventually enacted, Choose Home would create a new payment pathway for providers using both medical and non-medical in-home care services to keep Medicare beneficiaries out of skilled nursing facilities. Also, Value based purchasing for home health care is becoming more of a reality with the proposed rule being filed 6/28/21. see rule here

June 23, 2021 SNF vacancy rates continue to climb

"....vacancy increases in the first quarter of 2021 indicate that demand for senior housing continues to erode,” said Benjamin Bloch, research associate at Moody’s.

June 23, 2021 Hospital at Home programs are here to stay
A whitepaper released by Ziegler Healthcare investment banking reports that "With the CMS waiver in place, interested parties are racing to find their place within the wave of new hospital-at-home participants. This is a primary indicator that the healthcare industry is optimistic that CMS will codify a long-term solution for hospital-at-home reimbursement; if CMS was unlikely to reimburse for hospital at home beyond Covid 19, parties would not be willing to invest time and resources into the program. "

June 23, 2021 NIST Publishes Draft Ransomware Risk Management Guidance