The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. The Administration is committed to providing relief resources in an equitable manner to assist the diverse health care provider community regardless of whether they accept Medicare or Medicaid payments. HHS is also announcing it will be updating its most recent PRF reporting instructions to broaden use of provider relief funds.
As ACA has reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans on cutting reimbursement across a wide swath of providers, including chiropractors, starting Jan. 1, 2021. ACA has been part of two coalitions fighting these cuts and is supporting legislation designed to place a one-year moratorium on the planned cuts, to allow Congress to develop a long-term solution.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today reported that eligible providers, including doctors of chiropractic, that have already received federal Provider Relief Fund payments are invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020, may also apply. Read on for a link giving information on how to apply.
In August 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that announces upcoming changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), beginning January 1, 2021. The 2021 proposed rule was intended to improve payments and decrease complexity for evaluation and management services, increase coverage for opioid use disorder treatments, and broaden telehealth service coverage. However, in order to compensate for the budgetary impact of these increases, which HHS is required to do, the rule implements a significant decrease in the value of other health care services. Unfortunately, payments to chiropractic physicians and other providers will be significantly reduced.
The Texas Chiropractic Association and Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will defend the profession’s scope of practice tomorrow between 10:00AM and 1:00PM EST in front of the Texas Supreme Court. You can listen to the oral argument.