Medical Rehab

Join RCPA for a Membership Benefits webinar on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 1:00 pm in order to orient yourself with all that an RCPA membership entails. This webinar will review the benefits that come with RCPA membership, including many that you may not be aware of. Those considering membership are also invited to become acquainted with the benefits.

Register here to attend this webinar. Items we will review include the below and much more:

  • Virtually meet the dedicated RCPA Policy Staff and RCPA lobbyists;
  • Discuss the 2023 Legislative and Administrative priorities;
  • Assess RCPA divisional committee and subcommittee meetings and what they offer;
  • Understand the additional standing RCPA committees and ad hoc meetings;
  • Discuss the RCPA member-only website;
  • Review exclusive yearly education and networking events; and
  • Evaluate other National Association memberships included with RCPA membership.

Visit the RCPA member benefits page or contact Tieanna Lloyd for more information. We look forward to your participation in this webinar.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for IPRC’s exciting 2023 educational webinar series!
Complimentary registration for all IPRC webinars is a benefit of your RCPA Membership.

Monday, January 23 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
CARF Accreditation: Answering Your Questions From a 30,000 Ft. View Down Into the Weeds

Thursday, February 2 : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Passenger Safety for Children and Adolescents With Special Health Needs

Monday, March 13 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Education and Rehabilitation: Maintaining Continuity Through Rehab to School Re-entry

Thursday, April 6 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT 
Transition Readiness

Thursday, June 8 : 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Understanding the Basics of Neuroimaging and Practical Applications for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Provider

Tuesday, August 1 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Weaving the Concepts of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Into the Fabric of Pediatric Rehabilitation: One Organization’s DEI Journey

Monday, September 18 : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Best Practices for Working With Medical Interpreters in Therapeutic Settings

Thursday, October 19 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Pediatric Delirium: Impact and Opportunities

Monday, December 4 : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Applying Trauma-Informed Principles in Pediatric Rehabilitation

All webinars are recorded and archived. You can access past presentations on the IPRC website.

For more information, contact Cindi Hobbes, IPRC Director.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in the Federal Register for November 18, 2022. Some of the key provisions contained in the final rule include (and are effective on January 1, 2023):

Medicare Telehealth Services

  • Addition of new HCPCS codes to the list of Medicare telehealth services on a Category 1 basis.
  • Implementation of the 151-day extensions of Medicare telehealth flexibilities, including allowing telehealth services to be provided in any geographic area and in any originating site setting.
  • Permission for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists to provide telehealth services.
  • Listing of codes added to the telehealth services list are here.

Evaluation & Management (E&M) Visits

  • For CY 2023, CMS finalized changes for “Other E/M” visits that parallel the changes that were made in recent years for office/outpatient E/M visit coding and payment. Other E/M visits include hospital inpatient, hospital observation, emergency department, nursing facility, home services, residence services, and cognitive impairment assessment visits.

Behavioral Health

  • Proposal finalized to create a new HCPCS code (G0323) describing General Behavioral Health Integration performed by clinical psychologists or clinical social workers to account for monthly care integration where the mental health services provided are serving as the focal point of care integration.

Chronic Pain Management

  • Finalized a CY 2023 proposal to create two new G codes (G3002 and G3003) performed by physicians and other qualified health professionals describing monthly CPM for payment starting January 1, 2023.

Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)

  • CMS finalized the proposal to allow the OTP intake add-on code provided via 2-way, interactive, audio-video technology when billing for the initiation of treatment with buprenorphine using audio-video technology to start treatment with buprenorphine as authorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the time the service is provided.
  • CMS also finalized the proposal to permit the use of 2-way, interactive, audio-only technology to start treatment with buprenorphine in cases where audio-video technology isn’t available to the patient and all other applicable requirements are met.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report that highlights patients’ experience of Long COVID to better understand its complexities and drive creative responses by government leaders, clinicians, patient advocates, and others. The Health+ Long COVID Report builds on President Biden’s Memorandum on Addressing the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 and the two previously issued HHS Long COVID reports. The report was commissioned by HHS and produced by Coforma, an independent third-party design and research agency. It provides recommendations on how to deliver high-quality care and relevant and intentional resources and supports to individuals and families impacted by Long COVID.

Last week, the Administration sent a $750 million dollar supplemental funding request to Congress to support Long COVID research and treatment. This funding request would support HHS and their continued work on Long COVID, providers who serve patients with Long COVID and its associated conditions, and community-based organizations that assist with case management and provide other essential services and supports.

The report offers a variety of short-term and longer-term recommendations that come directly from the patient experience.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the next hospital/quality initiative open door forum has been scheduled for November 29, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Agenda topics for the call include:

  • Announcements & Updates
    • Hospital Price Transparency Sample Format Announcement
    • OPPS/ASC Final Rule Policies
    • Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Policies
      • REH Conditions of Participation
      • REH Payment
      • REH Enrollment
      • REH Physician Self-Referral Law Update
    • OPPS Payment Policies
      • Annual Update
      • Remote Behavioral Health Services
      • 340B Drugs
      • Clinic Visit — Rural Sole Community Hospital Exemption
      • Payment Adjustment for Domestically Made N95 Masks
    • ASC Payment Policies
      • Annual Update
      • Non-Opioid Alternatives Under Section 6082 of the SUPPORT Act
    • Partial Hospitalization Program Policies
    • Organ Acquisition Payment Policies
      • Counting Research Organs
      • Costs of Potential Organ Donors for Cardiac Deaths
  • Open Q&A

To participate: dial 888-455-1397 and reference conference passcode: 5109694.

Instant replay (audio recording) of the call will be available: 888-562-0227 through December 1, 2022. No passcode is needed.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document that addresses how their review contractors (Medicare Administrative Contractors, Recovery Audit Contractors, and the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor) will conduct medical reviews after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Read the FAQ here.