August 7, 2020

F-1 and M-1 Student and Exchange Visa Restriction Plan Rescinded by Trump Administration

F-1 and M-1 Student and Exchange Visa Restriction Plan Rescinded by Trump Administration On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the public health crisis for the Fall 2020 semester. Specifically, SEVP announced that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online could not take a full online course load and enter or remain in the United States. Several medical organizations submitted letters urging the Trump Administration to withdraw its modifications so that medical students seeking to study in the United States on an F-1 visa could enter or remain in the country. On July 14, 2020, the Trump Administration rescinded the directive. Read […]
July 27, 2020

Washington HCA Request to Reconsider its Denial of Re-review for Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion

Washington HCA Request to Reconsider its Denial of Re-review for Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Read the letter here
July 9, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Offers Relief Exemptions from CMS Quality Initiatives for 2020 Due to Covid-19 Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Offers Relief Exemptions from CMS Quality Initiatives for 2020 Due to Covid-19 Emergency This week, CMS announced that physicians will have the option to opt out completely or partially from the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program by completing a hardship exemption application and indicating it is due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Individual clinicians and group practices have until December 31, 2020, to complete the hardship application. CMS plans on providing physicians with a couple of options on the hardship exemption application. For example, a practice may submit a hardship application and indicate that they do not want to be scored on Cost and Quality and have their score calculated based […]
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 […]