OSHA Announces COVID-19 Safety Rule for Health Care Industry

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. The standard focuses on healthcare workers most likely to have contact with someone infected with the virus. OSHA announced the new standard alongside new general industry guidance, both … Continue reading “OSHA Announces COVID-19 Safety Rule for Health Care Industry”

AMA-sponsored study on physician experiences with MIPS

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The following is a message from the American Medical Association: The results of a study conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine that was sponsored by the AMA and the Physicians Foundation have now been published. Researchers conducted 30 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with physician leaders in small and medium internal medicine and general surgery practices and large … Continue reading “AMA-sponsored study on physician experiences with MIPS”

Radiation Oncology Policy Update, May 2021

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ACRO Members: The May issue of the Radiation Oncology Policy Update is now available. Some of the topics in this issue include: ACRO joins coalition of stakeholders urging lawmakers to support provider stability President Biden releases FY 2022 budget proposals President Biden signs sequester suspension bill into law Broad coalition challenges CMS Medicare prior authorization … Continue reading “Radiation Oncology Policy Update, May 2021”

AMA Seeks Feedback as Medicare Begins Advance Payment Recoupment

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently began automatic recoupment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments, which were an advance of up to three months of Medicare payments to help physician practices keep the lights on early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Medical Association(AMA) and the Federation strongly advocated for improved repayment … Continue reading “AMA Seeks Feedback as Medicare Begins Advance Payment Recoupment”

Congressional Action on the Medicare Sequester

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On March 25, the Senate voted 90-2 to pass an agreement reached by Leaders Schumer and McConnell to extend the 2 percent Medicare sequester moratorium that expires on April 1. The bipartisan legislation, offered as an amendment by Senators Shaheen and Collins, would provide a nine-month extension of the moratorium, through December 31. It also … Continue reading “Congressional Action on the Medicare Sequester”

ACRO 2021 Luther Brady Lecture: BEAM ON! Shedding Light on Social Injustice, Race Relations, and Healthcare Disparities

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Be part of a poignant, timely, and inspirational session led by world-renowned leaders in the field of Radiation Oncology. Drs. Iris Gibbs, Dwight Heron, Karen Winkfield, and Mack Roach III led an engaging discussion, entitled, “BEAM ON! Shedding Light on Social Injustice, Race Relations, and Healthcare Disparities,” which covered the history of social justice & its … Continue reading “ACRO 2021 Luther Brady Lecture: BEAM ON! Shedding Light on Social Injustice, Race Relations, and Healthcare Disparities”

AMA report shows physician Medicare revenue down 19% over first half of 2020

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The new report “Changes in Medicare Physician Spending During the COVID-19 Pandemic” analyzed Medicare claims data exclusive to physician services and found spending dropped as much as 57% below expected pre-pandemic levels in April of 2020. Medicare spending on physician services partially recovered from the April low but was still 12% less than expected by … Continue reading “AMA report shows physician Medicare revenue down 19% over first half of 2020”

AMA Correspondence on Medicare Sequester

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The included letter was sent to leadership in the House and Senate regarding the upcoming expiration of the 2% Medicare sequester and the potential for an additional 4% sequester effective next January as a result of PAYGO rules that will go into effect following passage of the economic stimulus package currently under debate. Clearly, these … Continue reading “AMA Correspondence on Medicare Sequester”

CMS holds physicians harmless from MIPS penalties amid COVID-19 PHE

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Today, CMS announced it will hold physicians harmless from up to 9% MIPS penalties due to the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 public health emergency on physician practices’ performance in 2020. The Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Hardship Exception policy will be automatically applied to ALL MIPS eligible clinicians who do not submit any MIPS data … Continue reading “CMS holds physicians harmless from MIPS penalties amid COVID-19 PHE”


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