MGMA Washington Connection 01/27/2022

01/27/2022 10:39 AM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

MGMA to HHS: Delay good faith estimate mandate

In a letter sent yesterday, MGMA urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use their enforcement discretion and delay implementation of the uninsured or self-pay good faith estimate (GFE) requirements until practices have had appropriate time to understand and implement the requirements.

Passed as part of the No Surprises Act, these GFE requirements took effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Additional information about the No Surprises Act and member-exclusive resources are available on the MGMA surprise billing landing page.

OSHA withdraws COVID-19 vaccination and testing ETS

Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an announcement that it is withdrawing its COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS).

Although OSHA is withdrawing the ETS, the agency conveyed its intention to pursue future action on COVID-19 workplace safety down the road.

HRSA announces $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund assistance

On Tuesday, the HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced it will make $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments this week. More than 7,600 providers nationwide should receive these funds, which are based on lost revenues and expenses due to COVID-19. Medical groups must have previously applied for relief funds.

For more information on the PRF, visit HRSA’s PRF landing page.


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