Dec 12, 2020, 11:11 AM
Pa. Department of Health Publishes Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Plan; FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine
The Pa. Department of Health recently published its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan. In addition, the FDA issued an EUA for the first COVID-19 vaccine.
Dec 11, 2020, 10:55 AM
Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Challenging How Risk and Complication Evidence May Be Presented at Trial
On Dec. 10, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the plaintiffs in the case of Kirksey v. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh et al. This case, in which PAMED and the AMA filed an amicus brief, involved whether the trial court erred in failing to provide a limiting instruction in a case where risk and complication evidence was presented.
Dec 9, 2020, 11:47 AM
Take Action: Urge Your Congressman to Include Critical Safeguards in Surprise Billing Legislation
This is a critical issue impacting both patients and providers. Your member of congress needs to hear from YOU RIGHT NOW on the key provisions that MUST be included to appropriately address this problem.
Dec 4, 2020, 02:30 AM
2021 Medical Record Copying Fees Available to Members in Convenient Chart
Members can find the Department of Health's 2021 medical copying fees on PAMED's convenient chart.
Dec 3, 2020, 14:34 PM
Highlights of CMS 2021 Quality Payment Program Final Rule
On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule which includes the Quality Payment Program (QPP). PAMED's Practice Support Team will be taking a deeper dive into the 2,165-page rule, but here are some highlights related to the QPP.
Dec 3, 2020, 14:08 PM
CMS Finalizes 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule – Includes Decrease in Conversion Factor and Telehealth Expansion
On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. PAMED's Practice Support Team started analyzing the 2,165-page rule, and here are some highlights.
Dec 3, 2020, 11:37 AM
ABMS Delays Call for Comments for Draft Standards for Continuing Certification
Due to the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, the ABMS has postponed the opening of the public comment period until April 2021, pending the status of the COVID-19 surge and the hospital caseload at that time.
Dec 2, 2020, 15:20 PM
HHS Issues Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Reforms
The United States Department of Health and Humans Services has published two final rules that amend the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law.
Dec 2, 2020, 14:31 PM
Reminder: Upcoming MIPS Important Dates and Deadlines
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind clinicians of important upcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) dates and deadlines.
Dec 2, 2020, 14:24 PM
Deadline to MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application Extended
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception application deadline to Feb. 1, 2021.
Nov 24, 2020, 08:36 AM
2020 PAMPAC General Election Recap
Here is a 2020 general election recap from PAMPAC.
Nov 20, 2020, 14:56 PM
Gov. Wolf Vetoes Civil Immunity Protections Bill, Signs Bill Allowing Pharmacists to Perform Strep Tests
PAMED is disappointed in these actions. We will continue our tireless advocacy for the best interests of Pennsylvania physicians and patients.
Nov 12, 2020, 15:12 PM
PAMED Joins AMA in Advocating for Reimbursement for Supplies and New Staff Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic
PAMED, the American Medical Association, and others in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to compensate practices for the additional supplies and new staff activities required to provide safe patient care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Nov 12, 2020, 15:10 PM
Compliance Date for Federal Rule on EHR Information Blocking Delayed Due to Pandemic
Health care provider compliance with new information blocking requirements was expected to begin in November 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, compliance requirements for several conditions of certification – including information blocking – have been delayed until April 5, 2021.
Nov 12, 2020, 15:04 PM
QPP News: Important Deadlines, 2021 Thresholds Increasing
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently distributed information on its Quality Payment Program (QPP), including reminders for upcoming deadlines and news on 2021 thresholds.
Nov 11, 2020, 11:25 AM
PAMED Joins with the AMA to File Amicus Brief in Peer Review Case
PAMED and the AMA filed an amicus brief arguing that if this decision were allowed to stand, peer review activities would be severely hampered and practitioners would be hesitant to partake in such activity for fear of their information being used in a lawsuit.
Nov 4, 2020, 12:16 PM
How Do COVID-19 Licensure Waivers Relate to Telemedicine Practice?
Get answers to FAQs on issues like providing telemedicine services to out-of-state patients.
Nov 4, 2020, 12:00 PM
Pa. Insurance Department Announces 2021 Mcare Assessment
The amount remains unchanged compared to last year.
Nov 4, 2020, 09:50 AM
Get Answers to FAQs on CARES Act Reporting Requirements in PAMED’s Fact Sheet
This Quick Consult fact sheet answers frequently asked questions on reporting requirements for health care professionals who received CARES Act Provider Relief Funding.
Nov 3, 2020, 09:04 AM
PAMED and 50 Pennsylvania Organizations Urge Public to Get Flu Shots
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we are approaching flu season this year, health care providers across the Commonwealth are encouraging every eligible individual to get their flu shot.