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2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (OPP) Proposed Rule Summary

Physician Payment Schedule On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies proposed rule (published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2021 – Docket number CMS-1751-P). In addition, CMS published a fact sheet on the PFS proposed rule highlighting the key provisions. If finalized, the proposed policies in the rule will take effect on January 1, 2022. CMS is requesting that comments ...

August Webinar Series: AMA Steps Forward

This AMA STEPS Forward™ webinar will outline best practices for implementing new health care technologies—including telehealth—in practice in an equitable, inclusive way focusing on both the impact to marginalized and minoritized patients and the clinicians and systems that care for them. The AMA STEPS Forward™ webinar series has one event coming up in August that we wanted to make you aware of and encourage you to share: Implementing innovative solutions with an equity lens Registration link: https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/health-equity/ama-steps-forward-webinar-series-innovative-solutions-equity-lens August 10, 2021, noon – 1 p.m. CT The AMA STEPS Forward™ webinar series provides interactive instruction from ...

Effect of Physician-Delivered COVID-19 Public Health Messages and Messages Acknowledging Racial Inequity on Black and White Adults’ Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices Related to COVID-19

Abstract IMPORTANCE Social distancing is critical to the control of COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected the Black community. Physician-delivered messages may increase adherence to these behaviors. OBJECTIVES To determine whether messages delivered by physicians improve COVID-19 knowledge and preventive behaviors and to assess the differential effectiveness of messages tailored to the Black community. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS This randomized clinical trial of self-identified White and Black adults with less than a college education was conducted from August 7 to September 6, 2020. Of 44 743 volunteers screened, 30 174 ...

Health Affairs Briefings on Border Health and Immigrant Health

The July 2021 issue of Health Affairs, supported by the California Health Care Foundation, The California Endowment, and Con Alma Health Foundation, covers the intersection of borders, immigrants, and health. Articles describe the coverage gaps remaining among US immigrants, the impacts of immigration policy on health care use, sanctuary policies as social determinants of health, and much more. “The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that disease knows no borders, and that the health of our neighbors is inextricably linked to our own health,” said Sandra R. Hernández, MD, president and CEO of CHCF. “As ...

Doctor Acquisitions Spiked Amid The Pandemic

Nearly 70% of America's physicians were employed by hospitals or corporations by the end of 2020, and nearly half of physician practices were owned by them, according to a new analysis released by the Physicians Advocacy Institute. Why it matters: The health care industry is becoming increasingly consolidated, which studies suggest will lead to even higher prices. Flashback: "The coronavirus is shriveling the businesses of doctors' practices, which serve as the home base for most patients," Axios' Bob Herman reported last spring. "Small and independent groups that are facing the most severe cash crunches eventually may ...