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January 25, 2022 HHS releases another $2B in Covid Relief Payments 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country this week. 

January 24, 2022 Sequester cuts are due back this summer - Advocacy groups try to convince congress to hold off

Several advocacy groups are pressing Congress to include relief from the sequester cuts, which fully go back into effect this summer, in a potential omnibus spending deal that must pass the chamber by Feb. 18. 

January 21, 2022 ACR challanges lack of transparency in Medicare Administrative Contractor coverage determinations

The American College of Radiology is joining 17 other provider groups in challenging the lack of transparency in how Medicare Administrative Contractors reach local coverage determinations.
ACR and others voiced their concerns in a recent letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services leadership. Back in 2018, the agency revised its policies governing how new coverage policies are developed and determined. But the groups have continued to experience challenges navigating the process, including a lack of opportunities to comment or hold MACs to specific timelines.

January 18, 2022 Free at home Covid 19 test kits available now

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

January 17, 2022 Trends that will shape Skilled Nursing in 2022
Private equity will dominate, Government support decreases, Government supports home care above SNFs, Neverending of Covid, and more

January 15, 2022 CMS sets March 15 Vaccine deadline for healthcare workers in 24 states 

Per Skilled Nursing News, Surveyors will not evaluate religious exemptions, according to CMS, nor the rationale for the facility’s acceptance or denial of the request. Instead they will review whether facilities have an effective process for staff to request religious exemptions for “a sincerely held religious belief.”

January 14, 2022 MedPAC recommends 0% physician pay update in 2023

Docs said they appreciated Congress’ action to avert nearly 10% cuts to provider payment in 2022. But they believe more stable annual updates are needed to keep pace with inflation and the pace of innovation in medicine.

January 13, 2022 SCOTUS ok's CMS mandate and overrules OSHA mandate

Many SNFs and healthcare providers expressed concerns with staffing shortage crisis. 

January 13, 2022 APDA encourages providers to periodically review your MAC for IDTF matrix updates
. Palmetto GBA posted an update as of 1/1/2022.  Members can view their MAC matrix by signing in to this website and going to the Resources tab - CMS/Medicare resources. Scroll down to IDTF and find your MAC for the link to your matrix. This is a benefit for Members only and Members must sign in to access this tool. 

January 12, 2022 AHA urges Biden to extend emergency declarations due to expire apx January 15, 2022

Becerra previously extended HHS’ public health emergency on Oct. 15, 2021. AHA asked the agency to renew that declaration “for at least another 90 days,” placing the next expiration in mid-April.


January 10, 2022  Key industry partners funnel Medically Home another $110M to deliver acute care at home

Medically Home installs a suite of communications devices, remote patient monitoring devices, emergency response systems and other supplies such as durable medical equipment in a patient’s home so that providers can treat high-acuity patients outside of the hospital. Medically Home partners with healthcare providers to extend acute care to the home following hospital discharge

January 9, 2022 5 States require Covid 19 booster for Nursing Home Staff

Amid the latest COVID-19 surge, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut became the latest states this week to require health care workers, including nursing home staff – to get a booster shot. They join California and New Mexico, bringing the total number so far to five.

January 5, 2022 Legal Experts Weight in on CMS SCOTUS case
Health care litigators and other legal experts expect it will be much easier to repeal the previously ordered lower court injunctions, compared to those made concerning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule.


December 29, 2021 CMS issues Additional Vaccine Mandate, exluding religious and medical exemption and states that fall under the federal injunction 


December 23, 2021 With Amazon starting pay at more than $18 per hour, NHs bleed staff

“Amazon pays $25 an hour,” said Danielle Geoghegan, business manager at Green Meadow Healthcare Center in Mount Washington, Kentucky, a nursing home that has lost workers to the Amazon facility in Shepherdsville. The alternative? “They come here and deal with people’s bodily fluids.”

December 21, 2021 Challenges mount at high court over OSHA vaccine or test-mandates

The Supreme Court received at least 11 emergency applications on Monday challenging the federal mandate for businesses with over 100 employees to require Covid-19 vaccinations or weekly testing.

December 16, 2021 Court reinstates health worker vaccine mandate in half the U.S.
 ARE YOU CONFUSED YET?
Per "The Hill" publication, the 5th Circuit granted the administration’s request in part by reducing the scope of nationwide injunction and applying it only to the 14 states that sued. Those states are Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. A judge ruled on Wednesday also granting preliminary injunction to Texas. Will HHS reverse their previous suspension?

December 16, 2021 Investor backed homecare startup acquires another imaging provider
Dynamic Mobile Imaging operates across several states in the Midwest and East Coast from Wisconsin down to Georgia. Leaders said the acquisition complements other geographies DispatchHealth added back in April with its purchase of Professional Portable X-Ray.

December 14, 2021 4 strategies to improve communication between Radiologists & Technologists
Communication is key to an efficient radiology department, but generational gaps among staff can create polarization. Work published this week in Academic Radiology discusses how to overcome these barriers to optimize departmental workflow. 

December 10, 2021 High Severity Authentication Bug identified in Welsch Allyn Cardio Products
A high severity vulnerability has been identified in certain Hillrom Welch Allyn Cardio products that allows accounts to be accessed without a password. Products include, but are not limited to: 
Welch Allyn H-Scribe Holter Analysis System: Versions 5.01 through 6.4.0, Welch Allyn R-Scribe Resting ECG System: Versions 5.01 through 7.0.0 and more.

December 8, 2021 Congress reaches bipartisan deal to blunt Medicare cuts.
The bill includes a one-year, 3% increase in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, short of the 3.75% some had sought. In addition, it would delay 2% Medicare sequester payment reductions for the first three months of 2022, transitioning to a 1% cut in the three months afterward. 

December 6, 2021 CMS suspends Vaccine Mandate amid court injunction appeal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has suspended its vaccine mandate for health care staff, including those who work in nursing homes, so long as court injunctions remain in effect.

December 2, 2021 No Surprises Act - ACR sounds alarm-1st insurer to carve out docs who won't accept cuts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina began circulating a letter to physician groups last month, noting the impending Jan. 1 start date for the No Surprises Act. Whereas the insurer previously contracted with providers charging what it deemed “an inflated rate,” the local Blue Cross is now seeking a “significant reduction” in what it pays certain “outlier” providers. Those who do not comply will face “terminations” of their contracts.

December 1, 2021 AHC/NSAL releases statement on Vaccine Mandate Injunction


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GREAT NEWS! 
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. Stay tuned for more reimbursement updates as APDA works with other MACS (ie: Florida in the month of October) and providers for Fair and Equal reimbursement for ALL regions. Watch for updates in Member monthly newsletters. 
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APDA encourages members to stay vigilant and monitor this Website Daily along with these sites:

CDC NEWS AND UPDATES, CMS NEWS AND UPDATES HHS News Releases, and Cares Act Provider Relief Fund updates
 

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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

Reporting Period 2 Is Open

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.
  • The deadline to use funds for Payment Received Period 2 was December 31, 2021.
Upcoming Reporting Periods
  • Reporting Period 3 opens July 1, 2022
  • Reporting Period 4 opens January 1, 2023
 

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