February 28, 2021

ISASS Signs on to Letter That Opposes Veterans Affairs Non-physician Practitioner Scope of Practice Rule

ISASS Signs on to Letter That Opposes Veterans Affairs Non-physician Practitioner Scope of Practice Rule In a letter dated January 7, 2021, ISASS, along with more than 100 medical specialty societies, expressed strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) implementation of the interim final rule entitled “Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care.” This rule permits virtually all Veterans Health Administration–employed non-physician providers to practice without the clinical supervision of physicians and without regard to state scope of practice laws.  Comments focus on the differences in education and training that exist for physicians and non-physician providers and urge the VA to rescind the interim final rule to ensure our veterans receive the highest quality care from physician-led […]
February 28, 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 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and at the state level to better protect workers from COVID-19 and ensure workers previously not identified but at risk have adequate protections Supporting the […]
February 28, 2021

New 2021 Category III CPT Codes for Allogenic Disc Matrix Material

New 2021 Category III CPT Codes for Allogenic Disc Matrix Material On January 1, 2021, three new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for reporting the injection of allogenic disc matrix material went into effect. The three new CPT codes are: 0627T   Percutaneous injection of allogeneic cellular and/or tissue-based product, intervertebral disc, unilateral or bilateral injection, with fluoroscopic guidance, lumbar; first level   0628T   Percutaneous injection of allogeneic cellular and/or tissue-based product, intervertebral disc, unilateral or bilateral injection, with fluoroscopic guidance, lumbar; each additional level (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)   0629T   Percutaneous injection of allogeneic cellular and/or tissue-based product, intervertebral disc, unilateral or bilateral injection, with CT guidance, lumbar; each additional level (List […]
February 28, 2021

U.S. Congress Passes COVID-19 Relief Package Including Significant Provisions for Physician Practices

U.S. Congress Passes COVID-19 Relief Package Including Significant Provisions for Physician Practices On December 22, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a comprehensive omnibus spending package that funds the federal government through fiscal year 2021, provides a new round of COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus, and imposes new restrictions on surprise medical billing. With respect to COVID-19 relief, the legislation would ease the impact of the Medicare fee schedule budget neutrality adjustments in calendar year 2021 due to improved evaluation and management office visit payment and coding rules, as well as an extension of the 2% Medicare sequester moratorium through March 2021. The surprise billing provisions include significant improvements over previous proposals, including a robust independent […]