This Weekly’s Hot Topics
- Take Action NOW to protect patient safety. California News
- Review updated Cal/OSHA guidance on use of NIOSH certified respirators. California News
- New ABN form is now mandatory. Noridian News
- Provider Relief Fund applications due September 13. National News
Legislators are set to vote on a bill that would grant full practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs). This bill (AB 890, Wood) would remove critical patient protections by allowing NPs to practice without physician supervision. Physicians are urged to contact their legislators now and ask them to protect patient safety and vote NO on AB 890. To read more click here and go to California News.
CMA launched a new 12-part webinar series on Telehealth for Small and Medium Practices. Catch the next 10 presentations that will take place over the next five months, and will cover all aspects of implementing telehealth in a medical practice. The webinar series will have an emphasis on the use of telehealth in Medi-Cal. To read more click here and go to California News.
If you missed the very well attended MOASC LunchTime Series Teleconference held last week on “The 2021 Evaluation and Management Changes,” presented by Allison Hirschorn, ASCO’s Senior Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, you can listen to the recording by dialing 1-888-203-1112 and enter the pass code 791083099. This recording will be available for the next 30 days. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.
In an August 5, 2020, notice to providers, Blue Shield announced it would be temporarily increasing reimbursement rates for certain Evaluation and Management services to help reduce the negative impacts to practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased reimbursement rates, which reflect a flat 5% fee schedule increase, will apply to providers on the Blue Shield standard fee schedule and will be effective for dates of service from August 24 to December 31, 2020. To read more click here and go to National News.
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