HHS IN TRANSITION: FDA, CMS, AND HHS MAY HAVE ACTING LEADERS FOR SOME TIME

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THE COWEN INSIGHT The Biden Administration begins with most of HHS in caretaker mode during what could be a relatively long interim leadership period. Only two operating agencies with HHS have permanent leaders who will serve under Biden: the National Institutes of Health, where Director Francis Collins has been asked to stay on in the … Continue reading “HHS IN TRANSITION: FDA, CMS, AND HHS MAY HAVE ACTING LEADERS FOR SOME TIME”

JAN. 19-22: PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION; BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS

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THE COWEN INSIGHT President-Elect Joe Biden announced his $1.9T “American Rescue Plan” last week ahead of his inauguration on Wednesday. We believe most of the healthcare provisions in the plan, which total around $400B, will get done either as part of this initial package or via a second effort that will likely utilize the budget … Continue reading “JAN. 19-22: PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION; BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS”

Health Coverage: What’s In, Not In Biden Stimulus Plan

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We expect Democrats to pursue a three-pronged strategy to expanding health care coverage: 1. A Covid stimulus package; 2. Budget reconciliation, and; 3. A series of administrative actions, including regulations, sub-regulatory action, and waivers and demonstrations that are fairly unique to the health sector. The release of Biden’s Covid/stimulus plan late last week gives us … Continue reading “Health Coverage: What’s In, Not In Biden Stimulus Plan”

Biden’s Stimulus: Bipartisanship or Reconciliation?

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Joe Lieber, 202-756-7704 jlieber@washingtonanalysis.com Here, you can find out takeaways from President-elect Joe Biden’s speech tonight, and we have attached an outline of his plan for your convenience. Additional information is available upon request. Washington Analysis conducts economic and political legislative and regulatory analysis. This report is for private circulation and distribution in its entirety … Continue reading “Biden’s Stimulus: Bipartisanship or Reconciliation?”

Extension of the PHE & Implementation of Medicare Payment Changes in Consolidated Appropriations Act

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From the AMA HHS Secretary Azar has extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration effective Jan. 21, 2021 for an additional 90 days. This means that all of the telehealth and other waivers and flexibilities that have been implemented during the PHE will remain in effect until at least April 21, 2021. In addition, … Continue reading “Extension of the PHE & Implementation of Medicare Payment Changes in Consolidated Appropriations Act”

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy: Comparative Billing Report in January

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In late January, CMS will issue a Comparative Billing Report on Part B claims for intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Use the data-driven tables to compare your billing and payment patterns with peers in your state and across the nation. The public can’t view CBRs. Look for an email from cbrpepper.noreply@religroupinc.com to access your report. Update your … Continue reading “Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy: Comparative Billing Report in January”

ACRO 2020 Achievements

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ACRO’s mission is to support Radiation Oncology professionals by providing opportunities for career development and practice improvement to enhance patient care. In 2020, ACRO launched a new strategic plan that focused on: Representing our specialty in Washington D.C. Education & networking tailored to our specialty. Growing ACRO membership. Building a robust accreditation program. Download the … Continue reading “ACRO 2020 Achievements”


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