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CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

As the United States continues to face the unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, the tide is turning and some areas throughout the country are seeing a decline in cases. As states and localiti...
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AAPM Signs AMA Letter Urging Additional COVID-19 Legislative Steps

As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic confronts the nation, the American Medical Association (AMA), AAPM, and other leading physician organizations and state medical societies today released a letter sent to con...
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AAPM Signs Emergency Funding Letter to HHS

AAPM signed a joint letter that urges Congress to interpret eligibility for funding in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to include all ...
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New DEA Buprenorphine Guidance

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder. The new guidance permits physicians and oth...
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CMS Lessons from the Front Lines COVID-19

On April 3, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MD of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and officials from the FDA, CDC, and FEMA participated in a call on COVID-19 Flexibilities. Several physician guests on the front li...
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Multisociety Pain Workgroup Submits Comments for Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation (PVA) for Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF) (L34228)

AAPM was among 12 medical specialty societies to jointly sign a letter sharing comments with Nordian Healthcare Solutions regarding the company's Local Coverage Determination for Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation for O...
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Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the res...
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Looking to the Future with Dr. Francis Collins

Speaking at the University of Alabama, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health, shared his picks of 10 "areas of particular excitement and promise" in biomedical research, including improv...
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CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida

The state's approval letter can be found here , and includes flexibilities that enable the state to waive prior authorization requirements to remove barriers to needed services, streamline provider enrollment processes t...
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President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare fa...
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