|PCMS Advocacy Update: AMA on COVID-19 vaccines, Medicare Physician Payments|
|COVID-19 vaccines: Dive deep on emergency use authorization|
The top official from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research—Peter Marks, MD, PhD—joined the AMA’s President Susan R. Bailey, MD, for an in-depth webinar to answer physicians’ questions and explain how emergency use authorization fits into the coronavirus vaccine-approval process.
Read more. What you need to know: 2021 Medicare Physician Payment Final Rule
A comprehensive summary of the key policy changes is now available from the AMA.
CMS issues final Hospital Outpatient and ASC Payment Rules for 2021
On Dec. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule, which makes changes to Medicare hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) policies.
Take action: Tell Congress to support H.R. 8702
As physicians continue to battle the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing they should have to worry about is cuts to their Medicare payments. Unfortunately, without Congressional action before Jan. 1, that nightmare scenario will become reality.
CMS extends 2020 MIPS hardship deadline to Feb. 1, 2021
CMS recently announced an extension of the 2020 hardship exception application deadline until Feb. 1, 2021. However, the deadline for the Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception application will remain Dec. 31. If you are already exempt from reporting Promoting Interoperability data, you do not need to apply.