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Joint COVID-19, flu vaccine clinics opening across US

While the COVID-19 delta variant continues to fuel outbreaks across the U.S., there is still uncertainty as to what this year’s flu season will bring. To bolster prevention efforts, one-stop clinics offering shots for both illnesses have started to emerge, CNN reported Sept. 21. The latest COVID-19 surge has pushed Idaho to activate crisis standards of care for hospitals and health systems statewide.

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Nearly 250 new CPT codes in store for 2022

The AMA has released the 2022 Current Procedural Terminology code set, which incorporates a series of 24 vaccine-specific codes that are the model for efficiently reporting and tracking immunizations and administrative services against the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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Key parts of Biden’s plan to confront delta variant surge

President Joe Biden has unveiled a new “action plan” plan to confront the COVID-19 surge that’s being driven by the spread of the delta variant. It mandates vaccines for federal workers and contractors and certain health care workers, requires employees at companies with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly, lays the groundwork for a booster shot campaign and recommends that large venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. The plan also makes recommendations on keeping schools open.

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HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020.

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2% Medicare Sequester Cuts Delayed Through End of 2021

A two percent cut to Medicare reimbursement will be paused until the end of the year, CMS recently announced. The announcement via the MLN Connects newsletter on April 16th stated that the Medicare sequestration will not be applied to Medicare fee-for-service claims through Dec. 31, 2021, per a new federal law.