Five hottest articles of 2016

December 27, 2016

Compounding issues. MIPS. The 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. There were a lot of things that impacted allergists this year in health care that we reported on. Here are our five most well-read articles of the year.

  1. PEW report stinks up state compounding laws – The PEW report on compounding was just more fuel for the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) fire. The Advocacy Council went to work right away to make sure that these recommendations wouldn’t restrict patient’s access to allergy shots.
  2.  What’s next in the defense against USP? – After the Advocacy Council asked for College members to write letter in support of affordable allergy shots, we were floored by the response we received. We looked at what was coming next in our still ongoing battle with USP.
  3. What allergists needs to know about MIPS – (and why PQRS still matters) – With all the changes coming in 2017, we looked at what MIPS is exactly, and why reporting is so important.
  4. New modification to the “two midnight” rule – As a result of the work of the Advocacy Council, Medicare made a new modification to allow payment on a case-by-case basis for certain admissions to the intensive care unit for desensitizations to chemotherapeutic agents or antibiotics that do not take longer than 48 hours.
  5. 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule – There are several items of good news of allergists thanks to the work of the Advocacy Council in the new policy and payment changes that will go into effect Jan. 1.