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Agency Seeks Six Nominees for Advisory Committee on Minority Health; Due Mar. 4, 2021

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH). ACMH advises the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on the development of goals and program activities to improve the health of minorities and the quality… (Testa, December 4, 2020) #Health Equity, #Social Determinants of Health

CY 2021 MPFS Final Rule Finalizes Permanent Expansion of Certain COVID-19 Telehealth Flexibilities; Also Includes Changes to QPP, E/M Code Valuation, and Providers’ Scope of Practice

On December 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule (fact sheet), which addresses an array of policies under Medicare Part B and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP). What it is. CMS’ major final rule affects payments to… (Slifer, December 2, 2020) #End-Stage Renal Disease, #Mental and Behavioral Health, #Mid-Level Practitioners, #Physicians, #Quality, #Telehealth, #Women’s Health

Agency Requests Information About COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities to Inform Permanent Changes; Comments Due Dec. 25

The Office of the Secretary within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a request for information (RFI) seeking comments on the regulatory relief actions HHS has taken to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the health care industry. Of note, Appendix A of the RFI includes a list of 382 actions that have been taken…. (Testa, December 1, 2020) #COVID-19, #Hospitals, #Long-Term Care, #Mid-Level Practitioners, #Pharmacies, #Physicians, #Public Health, #Skilled Nursing Facilities, #Telehealth