April 5, 2021

American Rescue Plan Legislation Expands Access to Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

American Rescue Plan Legislation Expands Access to Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act Under the recently passed American Rescue Plan, many people who buy their own health insurance directly through the Health Insurance Marketplace will become eligible to receive increased tax credits to reduce their premiums. Starting April 1, 2021, consumers enrolling in Marketplace coverage through HealthCare.gov will be able to take advantage of these increased savings and lower costs. Additionally, beginning in early July on HealthCare.gov, consumers who have received or have been determined eligible to receive unemployment compensation for any week during 2021 may be able to get another increase in savings when enrolling in new Marketplace coverage or updating their existing Marketplace application and enrollment. […]
April 5, 2021

New CMS Rule to Apply MIPS Exemption for the 2020 Performance Period

New CMS Rule to Apply MIPS Exemption for the 2020 Performance Period CMS announced flexibilities to provide relief to physicians responding to the (COVID-19) pandemic. For the 2020 performance period, CMS will be applying the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy to all MIPS-eligible clinicians. They are also reopening the MIPS EUC application for individual MIPS-eligible clinicians, groups, virtual groups, and Alternative Payment Model entities through 8 p.m. ET on March 31, 2021. Please note that applications received between now and March 31, 2021, won’t override previously submitted data for individuals, groups, and virtual groups. Individual clinicians, groups, and virtual groups that have not submitted data • Individual MIPS-eligible clinicians: You do not need […]
March 22, 2021

ISASS and Other Stakeholders Urge Congress to Extend Physician Payment Relief in 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

ISASS and Other Stakeholders Urge Congress to Extend Physician Payment Relief in 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule ISASS joined a sign-on letter to congressional leadership advocating that Congress pass legislation to extend the current moratorium on the 2% Medicare payment sequester beyond the current March 31, 2021, expiration date. The letter strongly urges Congress to pass a new bill, H.R. 315, the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act. This bipartisan legislation would continue the current Medicare sequester moratorium for the duration of the public health emergency. Please see the attached copy of the sign-on letter: Here  
March 22, 2021

New Administration Releases Health Care–Related Initiatives and Executive Actions

New Administration Releases Health Care–Related Initiatives and Executive Actions On January 22, 2021, President Joe Biden and his administration unveiled several executive orders and memoranda. Executive Orders signed January 21 include: Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats: Establishes a Pandemic Testing Board to identify issues and assist in implementation of testing solutions; directs actions to address the cost of COVID-19 testing; establishes a public health workforce plan. Protecting Worker Health and Safety: Addresses potential changes within OSHA and at state level to better protect workers from COVID-19 and ensure that workers previously not identified but at risk have adequate protections. Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of […]