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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

Register Today for ACS Telehealth Webinar!

Register today for an important webinar on telehealth from the American College of Surgeons Division of Advocacy and Health Policy. The webinar, Telehealth and Surgery during the Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Guidance for the Future, will take place 8:00−9:00 pm Eastern Time Thursday, August 27.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a series of waivers temporarily lifting certain constraints on coverage for telehealth and other virtual services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The ACS invites Fellows to participate in a webinar highlighting the experiences of two surgeons—Stephen M. Sentovich, MD, MBA, FACS, clinical professor of surgery and physician lead, clinical operations, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, and Catherine A. Matthews, MD, FACS, FACOG, professor of urology and gynecology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC —who successfully integrated virtual care platforms into their workflows during the PHE. Attendees will benefit from insights shared by Drs. Sentovich and Matthews about what they learned about operationalizing telehealth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and key considerations for implementing virtual services in surgical practice.

Telehealth and Surgery during the Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Guidance for the Future
Thursday, August 27 | 8:00–9:00 pm (ET)

Register

Contact Lauren Foe, Senior Associate for ACS Regulatory Affairs, at lfoe@facs.org for details.

Share Your Feedback on Telehealth in Surgical Practice

The American College of Surgeons wants your feedback on how the telehealth expansion has affected your surgical practice during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The College’s Division of Advocacy and Health Policy encourages Fellows to complete a brief questionnaire regarding telehealth use throughout the pandemic, the results of which will inform the College’s policy positions for virtual services in the post-COVID world.

Access the questionnaire

Latest Opportunity to Attain Provider Relief Funds Closes this Month

Surgeons who received financial support from the first round of the Provider Relief Fund but missed out on the second round may have a new opportunity to qualify for relief. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently extended the deadline to apply for Phase 2 General Distribution funds and has altered course to allow certain Medicare providers who were previously excluded from this disbursement to apply. The $15 billion Phase 2 distribution from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund follows two previous Phase 1 disbursements totaling $50 billion that were distributed beginning April 10 and April 24, respectively.

Phase 2 is specifically targeted at providers of care to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program patients in 2018, 2019 and/or 2020 and was originally limited to providers who had not received funds from earlier distributions. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is now allowing certain providers who missed out on the second Medicare funding opportunity, which was announced April 24 and closed June 3, to apply for these funds. The deadline for this opportunity is August 28. To apply for funding, eligible surgeons can visit the CARES portal. More information is available on the HHS website.