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News by Topic: Emergency medical services

Sep 22, 2022 - Describes challenges maintaining emergency medical service (EMS) capacity in rural Minnesota, citing staff and volunteer burnout and an increasing volume of calls. Notes greater need for ambulance transportation in the state and limited access to urgent care services.
Source: KMSP
Aug 26, 2022 - Notice of final rules from the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act that protect participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees in group health plans and group and individual health insurance coverage from surprise medical bills. This rule finalizes certain disclosure requirements relating to information that group health plans, and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, must share about the qualifying payment amount (QPA). This rule also finalizes provisions related to the consideration of information when a certified independent dispute resolution (IDR) entity makes a payment determination under the Federal IDR process. These final rules are effective October 25, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 4, 2022 - Notice from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announcing a public meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Board Committees on August 17, 2022, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific. An agenda will be published on the FirstNet Authority website.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 4) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 5) updates to certain Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment policies; 6) updates to conditions of payment for DMEPOS suppliers; 7) coding and payment for wound care management product; and 8) requirements for electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan. Includes rural references throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 6, 2022.
Source: Federal Register