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  • More clarification of 2022 proposed fee schedule

    New Medicare billing rights for physician assistantsBeginning Jan. 1, 2022, physician assistants (PAs) will be able to bill Medicare independently for their se…

  • What’s new at the College’s House of Delegates

    A key component of the College’s House of Delegates’ strategic plan was to develop a network of allergists throughout the United States. This program is off to…

  • Medicare publishes proposed rates for 2022

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on July 13, 2021. During 2021, because of a Co…

  • Patients’ plans don’t cover allergy services? How to help

    Recently, a College member reached out to us about a patient’s health care plan that no longer covers allergy related services like skin testing and allergen i…

  • More E/M coding direction

    The 2020 physician fee schedule finalized changes in evaluation and management (E/M) codes that became effective Jan. 1, 2021. It quickly became evident from p…

  • Need guidance on E/M codes based on time?

    The 2020 physician fee schedule finalized changes in evaluation and management (“E/M”) codes that became effective Jan.1, 2021. It quickly became evident from …

  • No Surprises Act Update

    On June 8, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began reviewing the regulation that will implement key details of the No Surprises Act. OMB re…

  • 2020 MIPS cost category to be reweighted to zero

    Did you or your practice participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2020? If so, read on. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servic…

  • Apply for MIPS COVID-19 Exceptions

    Are you required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2021? If so, you can opt out and avoid a potential 9% penalty by completi…

  • Advocacy, networking and more

    The College’s House of Delegates is here for you -- our members -- to collect and disseminate local, regional and state policy intel to the Advocacy Council so…

  • Cost measure could directly impact allergists

    On March 11, the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) announced it does not recommend the Asthma/COPD Episode-Based Cost Measure for inclusion in the Merit-b…

  • Your advocacy connection

    If you’re from the Southeastern part of the country, take part in the region’s House of Delegates town hall meeting. It’s your opportunity to discuss nonclinic…

  • Taking a stand on allergy blood testing

    The College’s Advocacy Council submitted comments to the chairs of the Committee of Jurisdiction opposing S. 701 – Allergy Testing Access Act of 2021 – sponsor…

  • The HOD wants to network with you

    A key component of the House of Delegate’s strategic plan was to develop a network of allergists throughout the United States. In 2020, 18 of your colleagues s…

  • Information blocking requirements now in effect

    Beginning April 5, health care providers (including allergy practices) and electronic health record (EHR) vendors must comply with the Office of the National C…

  • Allergy practice pleads guilty

    A private, solo practitioner allergy practice recently pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay the government over $2 million in civil penalties f…

  • New rules for emotional support animals

    Since January, airlines are no longer required to transport emotional support animals – a change in policy that will likely reduce the overall number of potent…

  • New OIT Coding Recommendations

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology provide this guidance on coding for FDA appro…

  • AAP payments may begin in April

    Early in the pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offered Medicare providers loans, based on past Medicare billing, to help strugglin…

  • The Medicare 2% Sequester

    On March 10, Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) (summary of ARP) into law. Absent new action by Congress, the ARP will trigger a 4% r…

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