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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rules. The administration also released an accompanying Executive Order focusing on telehealth and rural healthcare. Learn more.
On August 3, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access aimed at increasing access to healthcare services in rural areas.
On July 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar released a renewal of determination to extend the current COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) by up to another 90 days. The renewal is effective July 25.
On July 27, 2020, the Senate GOP released its proposal for the next COVID-19 response bill. The bill includes:
ASCO submitted comments to CMS in response to the FY 2021 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. The proposal would establish a new Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for procedures involving chimeric antigen receptor T-cell immunotherapies (CAR-T).
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the care of all patients, federal agencies and other health groups are working to ensure that providers can appropriately implement telemedicine in their practices during the public health emergency. As part of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting Telemedicine Hack, a free 10-week learning community aimed at accelerating telemedicine implementation for ambulatory providers. The series began on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Delay of Certain Reporting Requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (CMS-5531-IFC) interim final rule.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 23rd upheld a Trump administration policy requiring hospitals and health insurers to publish their negotiated rates for health services. The policy, which aims to increase transparency in U.S. healthcare system, is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021.