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CMS Releases Proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS Rules

News | Published: Monday, July 19, 2021

In mid-July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2022 proposed rules for the Physician Fee Schedule and Outpatient Prospective Payment System. Highlights of note for cardiology are detailed below. MedAxiom and ACC staff are reviewing the proposed rules to identify additional topics of interest to members and will submit written comments at the end of the summer. 

Supreme Court Declines to Review Site-Neutral Payment Policy

News | Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospital groups challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' site-neutral payment policy for hospital outpatient visits. The decision allows the continuation of Medicare payment cuts to off-campus hospital-based clinics.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services: Office of Inspector General Audit Report

News | Published: Friday, May 28, 2021

Recently the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the report of an audit focused on cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). The audit was performed on claims from the third highest paid provider in the country in combined Medicare claims for both outpatient CR and PR.

Take Action on the Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2021

News | Published: Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2021 was recently introduced in the House by Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Adrian Smith (R-NE). This bipartisan legislation would expand patient access to critical cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation services (CR/PR) during a crucial time when treatments for medical conditions have been delayed or avoided during the COVID-19 pandemic. MedAxiom and the ACC have long supported passage of this legislation, which would accelerate and expand the ability of physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) to supervise CR programs under Medicare. The bill expedites the effective date of these changes to Jan. 1, 2022, and allows these practitioners to administer programs in their offices, prepare and sign treatment plans, and prescribe exercise.

Information Blocking Provisions of 21st Century Cures Act Take Effect Next Week

News | Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Final rules from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) supporting the seamless and secure access, exchange and use of electronic health information take effect April 5. Implementation of the rules, which were issued in March 2020, were delayed this past fall due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

MedAxiom, ACC and Novo Nordisk to Advance Care for People with Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease

News | Published: Friday, March 19, 2021

MedAxiom and the ACC, in collaboration with Novo Nordisk A/S, are embarking on a new global program to support improvements in multidisciplinary care for people with Type 2 diabetes. Through the global UNITE (Multidisciplinary Teams In Cardiometabolic Care) program, clinicians across multiple specialties will receive the education and tools needed for an integrated approach to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease care.

HHS Announces Flexibility on Reporting Deadline For Provider Relief Fund Recipients

News | Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Jan. 15 announced that it is amending the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) in response to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. 

Congress Approves $900B COVID-19 Relief Package, Year-End Spending Deal

News | Published: Monday, December 21, 2020

Congressional leaders finalized a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package and $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill on Dec. 20, narrowly averting a government shutdown by passing a 24-hour continuing resolution to complete action on the catch-all appropriations and pandemic relief measure. While the process has been beset by delays, House and Senate leaders approved the package on Dec. 21. President Trump has until Dec. 28 to sign the legislation.

Transforming CV Care, Together: MedAxiom’s Top 12 Resources of 2020

News | Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

MedAxiom’s support of the cardiovascular community is stronger than ever in 2020. As we near the end of the year, we want to reflect on and highlight the most valuable resources for transforming cardiovascular care. We hope that we were able to inform and support you and your organizations with tools for success, including webinars, videos, publications, resource “hubs” and more!

CMS Releases 2021 Hospital Outpatient Final Rule

News | Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 2 released the 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, addressing Medicare payment and quality provisions for hospital outpatient services in 2021. The outpatient rule indicates a 2.4% payment increase for hospitals and other proposals.

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