What will the end of the Public Health Emergency mean to physicians?

Feb. 2, 2023

On Jan. 30, President Biden announced that the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end on May 11. With this change looming on the horizon, it would be helpful for physicians to familiarize themselves with which flexibilities following the end of the PHE will be permanent, which will remain in place through Dec. 31, 2024, due to the passage of the omnibus bill passed last year, and which will expire immediately following the expiration of the PHE.

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Medicare enhances risk-adjustment audits

Feb. 2, 2023

On Jan. 30, CMS announced that it will seek to crack down on Medicare Advantage plans through changes to the risk adjustment data validation (RADV) program in a newly proposed rule. The purpose of the RADV program is to ensure that Medicare Advantage programs are receiving proper reimbursement for patients, based on the medical diagnoses that are attributed to those patients via medical documentation.

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Physician loan reimbursement assistance program launches Feb. 1

Jan. 25, 2023

Great news for physicians: On Feb. 1, the state Department of Health will launch the Florida Reimbursement Assistance for Medical Education (FRAME) Program to assist eligible healthcare practitioners with the repayment of medical education student loans. The FMA secured an annual appropriation of nearly $6.6 million for the program during last year’s Legislative Session, and eligible physicians and residents will be able to apply for up to $20,000 per year to reimburse medical educational expenses.

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FMA member receives national lifestyle medicine award

Jan. 19, 2023

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) presented FMA member George Guthrie, MD, with the 2022 President’s Award in November for his exceptional dedication to the growing field of lifestyle medicine. Dr. Guthrie, a family medicine physician with AdventHealth’s academic practice in Winter Park, has a special interest in lifestyle management for patients with chronic Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and coronary heart disease.

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Payment reform and Florida’s physician workforce

Jan. 19, 2023

Where does physician payment reform stand at the federal level, and how are demographic shifts shaping Florida’s physician workforce? In his latest update, FMA Director of Healthcare Policy and Innovation Jarrod Fowler, MHA, summarizes the ongoing effort to make the Medicare physician payment system sustainable and notable takeaways from the Florida Department of Health’s new Physician Workforce Report.

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The future of telehealth flexibilities

Updated Jan. 12, 2023 | Originally published Dec. 1, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, physicians have widely embraced telehealth flexibilities granted under the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to deliver telehealth services to their patients. These flexibilities were extended through 2024 under recently passed legislation.

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Governor unveils prescription drug reform legislation

Jan. 12, 2023

Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a legislative proposal to reign in unchecked Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and drive transparency among prescription drug prices influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. This proposal furthers the administration’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices and assist Floridians in making more informed health care decisions.

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