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Courts Rule in Federal Vaccine Mandate Cases

Last week, two courts issued rulings in separate lawsuits challenging federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.   As a reminder, there are three federal vaccine mandates:   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate that applies to hospitals and other facilities participating in the Medicare or Medicaid program  A mandate that applies to some (not all) federal contractors  The federal OSHA mandate that applies to businesses with more than […]

CHA Comments on Revised FDA Draft Compounding Guidance

CHA has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its revised draft guidance on hospital and health system compounding under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  In the letter, CHA applauds the agency for revising its earlier 2016 draft guidance to eliminate the previously proposed policy that would have established a one-mile radius requirement as criteria for medication distribution by a hospital or health […]

Federal Court Temporarily Halts CMS Vaccine Mandate Interim Final Rule

On Nov. 30, a federal district court in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking enforcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. 

CMS, OSHA Issue Regulations on COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an interim final rule with comment period, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including but not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities.  

New E-Prescribing Laws Take Effect Jan. 1, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented in 2009 the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program, which uses incentive payments and payment adjustments to encourage the use of qualified electronic prescribing systems. For questions regarding the eRx Incentive Program or eRx payment adjustments, or for assistance submitting a hardship exemption request, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at (866) 288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or via [email protected] For additional information and resources, visit www.CMS.gov/ERxIncentive

CMS Releases Billing Codes for Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Booster Shots 

On Oct. 20, the Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines to allow booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new billing coding for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Current billing codes, payment allowances, and effective dates are available online.