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Advocacy in Action

Advocating for heart rhythm professionals practicing in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment

Advocacy in Action provides monthly updates on new or recent legislative, regulatory, payment, and coverage policy changes, HRS advocacy efforts, and other crucial information that may impact the practice of EP in the U.S.

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CMS Releases Final Interoperability and Electronic Prior Authorization Regulation

Regulatory Updates

On January 17th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes final rule, which aims to improve the electronic exchange of healthcare data and streamline processes related to prior authorization through new requirements for Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations, state Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) programs, state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) FFS programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs).

Indiana Rep. Bucshon, MD to Retire from Congress

Legislative Updates

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Ind.) recently announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Rep. Bucshon, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has served in the House of Representatives since 2011. He also is a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.