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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. 


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. 

Due to APDA's efforts WPS Providers receive substancial increase for R-Code reimbursement effective July 1, 2021

We are encouraged by the continued recognition received by the MACs and CMS of the value our services provide. We will continue the ongoing dialogue with Novitas and remain dedicated to advancing similar changes in other regions determined to be a priority by APDA membership. Read More

CMS.gov Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS emphasizes Global billing Rules 
  • CMS emphasizes billing TC & PC correctly
  • CMS emphasizes limitations on certain physician referrals including supervisory physicians
  • CMS emphasizes transtelephonic and electronic monitoring policies

October 15, 2021 RT Staffing Shortages Nationwide
In general, radiologic technologists are working short staffed and are experiencing a significant burn out rate from the amount of overtime worked.The top 4 factors cited as contributors to the burn out were: spending too many hours at work; lack of respect from administrators, employers, colleagues, or staff; feeling underappreciated and treated like a cog in a wheel; lack of competitive pay and recognition.

October 14, 2021 Texas and Florida providers may be forced to choose between breaking state law or receiveing Medicare/Medicaid payments

“The combination of the pending federal requirements and a potential state law that would prohibit vaccine mandates would force providers into an untenable position to choose between violating state law or losing its two primary sources of funding,” Kevin Warren, president and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association, told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on Wednesday. 

October 11, 2021 ACR releases new Imaging Appropriateness Criteria

Providers can consult the materials to fulfill Protecting Access to Medicare Act requirements to consult appropriate-use criteria before ordering imaging, with the feds designating ACR as a qualified provider-led entity. Learn More

October 11, 2021 CMS working with OSHA to Issue staff vaccine mandate-on track for end of October

From Skilled Nursing News: While there remain many questions and few answers as to what the mandate might look like and whether there will be some kind of alternative, even in the short-term, Fleisher said CMS is taking into consideration both the potential risk of infection to patients as well as the care a patient might receive based on staffing levels.

October 5, 2021 How the FTC's Health Breach Notification Rule will impact Health Apps

With its new policy statement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) affirmed that health apps and connected device companies that collect health information must comply with the Health Breach Notification Rule.

October 5, 2021 Consumer Driven Choose Home Bill could draw 35% of patients away from SNFs

Of the two million patients admitted to nursing homes every year, an anticipated 35% could be diverted to home health care if the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 becomes law, according to Keith Myers, chairman and CEO of LHC Group.

October 4, 2021 OCR Clarifies HIPAA Rules Surrounding Vaccination Status
 "...the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not prohibit any individual, business, or HIPAA covered entity from asking whether an individual has received a vaccine." per HealthITSecurity article. 

October 1, 2021 HHS Opens Round 4 Provider Relief Applications

Applications for Phase 4 and ARP rural funding are due October 26, and Phase 3 Reconsideration is due November 12.

September 30, 2021 Provider offering workplace and at home diagnostic imaging expands into 22nd state
Founded in 2016, EZaccessMD calls itself the “first and only” provider to offer both teleconsults with board-certified physicians and in-person diagnostics. The group recently inked a partnership with Accurate Imaging in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, allowing for expansion across the Badger State.

September 29, 2021 Feds Pledge enhanced Fraud Enforcement, while others seek whistleblowers
".....money being pumped out because of COVID, pandemic funding and PPP, PRF money,” Wawzenski said during a panel discussion at last week’s American Health Law Association’s Virtual Fraud and Compliance Forum. “There’s bound to be more and more cases coming to the fore.” 

September 28, 2021 Providers can apply for both relief funding and rural payments

An available $8.5 billion in rural payments will only be open to providers who serve rural patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, while the $17 billion in Phase 4 funding is open to a broad range of providers who’ve seen changes in their operating revenues and expenses. Read more from McKnights Long Term Care News

September 26, 2021 Interesting....Radiologists wearing face masks when dictating causes report errors
Wanting to explore this challenge, University of North Carolina researchers conducted a prospective study, charging six randomized rads with reading with and without a face covering. They believe masks may impact the specialty’s work and suggest further exploration on this topic.

September 21, 2021 58% of Nursing Homes are limiting admissions due to short staffing.
Restricting admissions has become an increasingly widely used strategy for nursing homes to handle staffing shortages with 58% of nursing homes admitting to limiting admissions due to staffing shortages, according to the survey per Skilled Nursing News.

September 21, 2021 Smaller providers will get bigger share of latest Provider Relief Funds, but all get less time to apply
Smaller healthcare providers will be prioritized in the latest round of COVID-19 relief funding announced by federal health officials last week, according to a new analysis published Friday by LeadingAge.“HRSA has yet to release what the breakpoints will be for small, medium and large providers but the delineations will be based upon TIN patient revenue not number of people served,” according to LeadingAge. 

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Reporting Period 1 September 30, 2021 Reporting Period 1 deadline has not changed, however, in response to challenges providers are facing given the Covid surges and natural disasters around the country a 60-day Grace Period is in place. This period allows providers to come into compliance with their PRF reporting requirements should they fail to meet the september 30, 2021 deadline.

  • The period of availability of funds is based on the date the payment is received (rather than requiring all payments be used by June 30, 2021, regardless of when they were received).
  • Recipients are required to report for each Payment Received Period in which they received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 (rather than $10,000 cumulatively across all PRF payments).
  • Recipients will have a 90-day period to complete reporting (rather than a 30-day reporting period).
  • The reporting requirements are now applicable to recipients of the Skilled Nursing Facility and Nursing Home Infection Control Distribution in addition to General and other Targeted Distributions.

‚ÄčSeptember 3, 2021 HRSA releases fact sheet on Provider Relief Fund uses related to personnel costs

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.

The PRF Reporting Portal is now open until September 30, 2021 for recipients who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during Payment Received Period 1 (April 10, 2020 to June 30, 2020).

Important Dates for Reporting

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

  Payment Received Period (Payments Exceeding $10,000 in Aggregate Received) Deadline to Use Funds Reporting Time Period
Period 1 From April 10, 2020 to June 30, 2020 June 30, 2021 July 1 to September 30, 2021
Period 2 From July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 December 31, 2021 January 1 to March 31, 2022
Period 3 From January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 June 30, 2022 July 1 to September 30, 2022
Period 4 From July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 December 31, 2022 January 1 to March 31, 2023


    APDA Announces 2020 Tom Wuerstle Founders Award

    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • Admin

    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!

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    APDA COVID-19 Information, Updates and Resources

    • Saturday, March 7, 2020
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    CMS Finalizes Industry-backed Modernization of Portable x-ray Conditions of Coverage

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • Admin

    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.pdf  

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