September Policy Update

The ACNS Advocacy Committee has published the August 2022 Policy Update. Covered in this month's update:

Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations
Congress needs to pass a continuing resolution (CR) by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown. Currently, plans are for a CR to run through December 16. This schedule will give Congress time to put together an omnibus fiscal year 2023 funding package before the end of the year.

Prior Authorization Legislation Advances in the House
On September 14, the House voted to approve the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173). ACNS has been a supporter of this legislation and will continue to advocate for its passage in the Senate.

Legislation Introduced to Address 2023 Physician Payment Cuts
Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced legislation to mitigate the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed physician fee schedule payment cuts for 2023 by increasing the conversion factor by 4.42 percent.

Update on Telehealth Legislation
ACNS joined with 375 organizations in a letter to bipartisan leadership of the Senate urging action on telehealth legislation this fall.

Office of Inspector General Releases Reports on Telehealth
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released two reports on telehealth use during the pandemic. The first report found that beneficiaries were more likely to use telehealth during the first year of the COVID pandemic.

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