May 12, 2020 Update on COVID-19 News, Resources, and Activity
We hope you are doing well. We would like to share with you a few recent issues and updates.
SECOND HHS STIMULUS FUNDS
The second round of stimulus checks, approximately 65%, will arrive somewhat later than we first expected, due to a glitch in delivering these funds. Some people have already received the allocated funds. If you have not received your funds yet, please wait, funds are coming. HHS says that they are on their way.
As it stands now, it will be 14 to 21 days after the following Thursday the application has been filed. They process the applications only one day each week. For example, if you submitted your application last Wednesday after 11:00 EST, it will not be considered until the next week, which could mean it would take up to 4 weeks.
REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
The Burnout Survey showed some startling findings about our issues, specifically related to COVID-19. Over 67% of the members who responded stated that one of the main reasons for stress and worry is "in-house billing." If billing is a stressor for you, you may want to consider ASIPP partnered Fedora Billing and Revenue Management, which may help your revenue cycle management and may even collect some of the old funds if you make an agreement with them.
Insurance has become a major issue. Consequently, once again, we would like to remind you of our partnership with NORCAL.
DRUGS AND SUPLLIES
With costs of supplies skyrocketing, it may also be worthwhile to consider ASIPP partnered GPO with Henry Schein.
WEBINAR-BASED VIRTUAL EDUCATION
ASIPP is in preparation for multiple courses to provide continuing education hours apart from live cadaver workshops and live and long-distance annual meeting in the following areas:
Controlled Substance Management - 2 days (14 hours)
Billing, Coding, and Compliance - 2 days (14 hours)
ASIPP Board Review course for all boards including ABIPP - 34 to 40 hours (Friday evening through Sunday for two weekends)
Fluoroscopy and Spine Radiology - 2 days (14 hours)
Didactics for Cadaver Workshops - 2 days (14 hours)
We continue to work on various other issues related to extension of Telehealth services, and more specifically, phone-only telehealth, through August 6 for Medicare Advantage Plans, other governmental services, and commercial insurers. We will update you on this as we gain more information. See May 1 letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma AND May 5 letter to HHS Deputy Azar and Assistant Deputy Hargan.
FRAUD AND ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
Fraud and Abuse Investigations: We are also continuing to work on onerous fraud and abuse investigations. For more information, please read this April 8 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and HHS Deputy Secretary, Eric Hargan.
COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES
ASIPP provided our members a series of webinars to help you navigate the difficulties and stress of COVID-19. These archived webinars are available on the homepage at asipp.org
REOPENING IPM PRACTICES
Finally, we have sent you two recent letters with tools and information to help you with the re-opening of your interventional pain management practice. We hope this has been helpful. We are providing these quick links in case you may have missed our previous correspondences. May 4 long letter; May 7 short letter.