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November 30, 2021 Judge halts Biden's Covid Vaccine Mandate for healthcare workers Nationwide

Louisiana-based federal Judge Terry Doughty issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday evening, prohibiting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from enforcing its healthcare worker vaccine mandate. The injunction applies to 40 U.S. states — in a separate ruling Monday, a federal judge in Missouri temporarily blocked the CMS vaccine mandate in the other 10 states. Read preliminary injunction

November 29, 2021 Judge halts Biden vaccine mandate for Healthcare workers in 10 states
The ruling by a Missouri-based federal judge applies to health care employees in the 10 states that sued to block the administration’s Nov. 5 rule. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

November 28, 2021 SNFs increasing their Managed Care participation

As skilled nursing facilities work to build back hospital referrals lost during COVID, one way some are opening themselves up to new patients is by increasing their participation in managed care despite the tighter margins that come with it.

November 23, 2021 CMS: Surveyor Vaccine mandate: Guidance is forthcoming

"....federal agency is directing these same surveyors to soon penalize providers with less than perfect staff vaccination rates,” said Holly Harmon, vice president of quality, regulatory and clinical services for AHCA/NCAL, when the updates were first announced. “We should be a united front in protecting our vulnerable residents, and that means government officials who must enter our facilities for days on end should be fully vaccinated as well.”
“A facility can ask a visitor if they are vaccinated — the visitor does not have to answer. If they don’t answer or if they replied ‘no,’ then the facility and the visitor should follow CDC guidance for unvaccinated individuals,” a CMS spokesperson said. By contrast and in contridiction to the visitor rule and motive to keep everyone safe, CMS reiterated its vendor vaccine requirements. The general rule being, if an individual provides care, treatment or other services for the nursing home under contract or by another arrangement, that individual needs to be vaccinated.

November 23, 2021 Phase 4 and ARP Rural distributions
On November 23, 2021, HRSA began distributing ARP Rural payments. Applicants receiving payments will receive both an email notification as well as a paper letters with additional detail on their aggregate payment, including individual payment amount(s) for any eligible subsidiary billing TINs included in their application. 

November 18, 2021 ARRT to increase Application fee

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, ARRT will increase fees

November 17, 2021 OSHA suspends enforcement of Covid 19 Vaccine mandate for Businesses, BUT, what about Medicare Providers?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is suspending enforcement of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large private businesses after a federal appeals court upheld a stay on it last week.

November 12, 2021 Do you have Business Asoc. Agreements with ALL vendors who handle PHI? NJ printing firm fined for HIPAA violations.

Between October 31, 2016, and November 2, 2016, a printing error resulted in PHI such as claims numbers, dates of service, provider names, facility names, and descriptions of services being mailed to incorrect recipients.

November 8, 2021 OIG Update to Self Disclosure Protocol 

On November 8, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced updates to the Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP). Self-disclosure gives persons the opportunity to avoid the costs and disruptions associated with a government-directed investigation and civil or administrative litigation. All submissions to the SDP must be made using the online submission form.The original protocol was dated April 17, 2013 and is now amended as of Monday, November 8, 2021. One of the updates is renaming it as the Health Care Fraud Self-Disclosure Protocol.

November 4, 2021 Final Rule - Emergency Regulation requiring Healthcare staff vaccinations-PXR not included?

It appears that portable x-ray providers are NOT included in the list of facilities/healthcare employers that this requirement applies - yet it is important to note that your staff ...... are indirectly included in the vaccination requirements through your service arrangements with hospitals, LTC facilities, and other providers and suppliers included under this rule
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October 29, 2021 Senators introduce bipartisan legislation to bolster imaging use. Do you think - perhaps PXR can be included?

It would also task Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra with launching a campaign in concert with the CDC, surgeon general and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage the use of imaging. 

October 26, 2021 CMS Enrollment Update

Pecos shall resume collecting application fees for all institutional providers and suppliers that are intitially enrolling, revalidating or adding a new practice location for applications received after October 31, 2021

October 25, 2021 Amazon brings Alexa to Senior Living facilities

Alexa Sensible Properties allows senior residing residents to communicate with their family members, join with their neighborhood, entry neighborhood information, and extra, utilizing the Amazon Echo system of their room. Relations and associates outdoors the property get peace of thoughts understanding they’ll simply get in contact with residents by Alexa calling.

October 19, 2021 Top 7 ways radiologists can avoid medical malpractice claims & tips for pxr companies to follow

For example: New diagnoses of pneumonia in an acute care setting should always result in a phone call. Failure to treat pneumonia quickly can and does result in sepsis and severe morbidity and mortality.

October 18, 2021 Public Health Emergency is extended for another 90 days as of October 15, 2021


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.

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

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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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  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
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    APDA Announces 2021 Tom Wuerstle Award

    • Monday, October 25, 2021
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    CONGRATULATIONS, JOHN COOKE AS 2021 TOM WUERSTLE AWARD RECEPIENT! WELL DESERVED

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    APDA Announces 2020 Tom Wuerstle Founders Award

    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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    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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