July 9, 2020

ISASS Comments on 2021 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Proposed Rule

ISASS Comments on 2021 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Proposed Rule On June 11, 2020, ISASS and other organizations sent a comment letter to CMS in regards to the 2020 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Proposed Rule. The rule had been released in April 2020 and proposed, among other items, an expansion of privileges for nonphysician providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants in IRF settings. The letter expressed concern that the proposal would undermine delivery of and access to physician-led team-based care in the IRF setting, which is critical for both ensuring the health and safety of patients receiving specialized rehabilitation care and differentiating the services that IRFs provide. It also highlighted concern for setting a dangerous precedent for removing physician […]
July 9, 2020

ISASS Comments on Department of Veteran Affairs Proposal to Expand Scope of Services for Nonphysician Providers in VA Facilities

ISASS Comments on Department of Veteran Affairs Proposal to Expand Scope of Services for Nonphysician Providers in VA Facilities On June 24, 2020, ISASS and other organizations sent a comment letter to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to the attention of Secretary Robert Wilke asking the VA to rescind an April memorandum expanding privileges for nonphysician providers such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in regards to the 2020 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Proposed Rule. The memorandum was released on April 21, 2020. The organizations urged the secretary to amend the Directive 1899 as it relates to allowing non-physician healthcare professionals in 32 specialties to operate “within the full scope of their license, registration, or certification” and […]
July 9, 2020

ISASS and Other Provider Organizations Urge Congress to Include Physician Liability Protections in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

ISASS and Other Provider Organizations Urge Congress to Include Physician Liability Protections in COVID-19 Relief Legislation On June 2, 2020, multiple organizations, including ISASS, sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include liability protections for physicians in the next COVID-19 relief package—particularly the protections that are included in the bipartisan bill, H.R. 7059, the “Coronavirus Provider Protection Act.” H.R. 7059 was introduced May 29, 2020, by Reps. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN), and Lou Correa (D-CA) and is scheduled to be voted on by the House of Representatives and the US Senate in the coming weeks. ISASS will continue to provide updates on federal legislation extending financial relief to physicians and physician practices affected by the COVID-19 emergency. Read […]
July 9, 2020

ISASS Supports Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Requesting Elimination of Budget Neutrality Adjustments to Physician Payments for 2020

ISASS Supports Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Requesting Elimination of Budget Neutrality Adjustments to Physician Payments for 2020 On June 30, 2020, multiple organizations, including ISASS, sent a letter to Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to remove budget neutrality negative adjustments under the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The organizations indicated support for the actions of the CMS in last year’s Medicare physician payment final rule to utilize the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel coding framework, and AMA Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) recommended values for office and outpatient visits starting January 1, 2021. The framework was the result of […]