Special Bulletin

Dec 22, 2021
The American Hospital Association will run a new print ad in The New York Times and The Washington Post highlighting the urgent need for all individuals to get vaccinated, get a booster shot and follow public health guidelines as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase rapidly across the…
Dec 21, 2021
President Biden today announced new actions designed to support hospitals and communities as they battle COVID-19 and the omicron variant. Among other efforts, the Administration will send 1,000 military doctors, nurses and medics to staff local hospitals; deploy teams to build more hospital beds;…
Dec 20, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Dec. 17 issued a final rule with comment period related to certain policies for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS).
Dec 16, 2021
Effective Jan. 1, 2022, facilities and providers will need to adhere to several new policies required by the No Surprises Act. Specifically, facilities and providers will not be permitted to balance bill patients in certain out-of-network scenarios unless certain conditions are met, they must…
Dec 14, 2021
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that later this week it will distribute $9 billion of the $17 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) “Phase 4” payments to providers who have experienced revenue losses and expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dec 9, 2021
As urged by the AHA, the Senate today in a 59-35 bipartisan vote passed legislation that would stop Medicare cuts to hospitals, physicians and other providers from going into effect early next year.
Dec 9, 2021
The American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) sued the federal government today over the misguided implementation of the federal surprise billing law. The associations are joined in the suit by hospital and physician plaintiffs, including Renown Health, UMass…
Dec 3, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released six documents updating previous guidance implementing the No Surprises Act requirements regarding Standard Notice and Consent Forms and Model Public Disclosure Notices.