Public Policy

November 3, 2021

Proposed Rule Issued to Revoke 2020 Regulatory Actions

Proposed Rule Issued to Revoke 2020 Regulatory Actions On October 27, 2021, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its component agencies submitted a proposed rule to repeal and withdraw the SUNSET final rule that was promulgated on the final day of the Trump Administration. The SUNSET (“Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely) final rule would have expired all HHS regulations, with some exceptions on the later of (1) 2026 (i.e., 5 calendar years after the rule becomes effective) (2) 10 calendar years after the regulation was promulgated, or (3) 10 calendar years after the latest HHS review of the rule. And so, thereafter, every HHS rule would have to be reviewed every 10 years and either amended, rescinded, or expired. In […]
November 3, 2021

VA Responds to Stakeholder Input Regarding Effort to Streamline Reporting/Coding

VA Responds to Stakeholder Input Regarding Effort to Streamline Reporting/Coding On July 29, 2021, ISASS and other organizations representing state medical associations and medical specialty societies raised several concerns over the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Supremacy Project, which focused on a national set of standards for VA providers and practitioners. The VA had proposed to revise their standards for reporting and coding. On October 14, 2021, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Dennis McDonough, responded to the letter and to many of the points raised. He promised to increase transparency and cooperation with the physician and provider community. The letter included a separate document with a point-by-point response to the July 2021 stakeholder letter. See the stakeholder letter attached […]
November 3, 2021

House Members Urge Action to Avert Cuts to Medicare Physician Payments

House Members Urge Action to Avert Cuts to Medicare Physician Payments On October 19, 2021, more than 245 members of the U.S. House of Representatives—both Republicans and Democrats—have joined Representatives Ami Bera (D-California) and Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana) in writing a letter to ask that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy support measures to forestall looming cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, which are set to take effect in 2022. Last December, the Consolidated Appropriations Act contained a 3.75% payment adjustment for all Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) services in calendar year 2021 as part of the congressional relief provided for impending payment cuts. This payment adjustment afforded some short-term stability for health care professionals struggling with the impact of […]
November 3, 2021

ISASS Urges the White House to Eliminate Electronic Fund Transfer Fees for Medicare Reimbursement

ISASS Urges the White House to Eliminate Electronic Fund Transfer Fees for Medicare Reimbursement On October 14, 2021, ISASS and other organizations representing state medical associations and the nation’s medical specialty societies submitted a letter to the Biden White House to express strong concerns over unfair business practices with respect to electronic payments in health care. For more than 7 years, ISASS and other organizations have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Standards Group to clarify and enforce the right of physicians to receive electronic payments via the Automated Clearing House electronic funds transfer (EFT) standard without being forced to pay percentage-based fees for “value-added” services. In the absence of clear guidance and related enforcement on […]