D.C. District Denial of Motion to Stay ALJ Delay Case

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September 22, 2016

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia declined to delay proceedings in the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) delay suit filed by the American Hospital Association (AHA) against the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Silvia Burwell. The court strongly indicated that it will likely order the Department of HHS to comply with the 90-day statutory deadline to decide ALJ appeals; however, for now it called for a status conference with the litigants to discuss the matter further. The court acknowledged that though it plans to order HHS to comply, it cannot simply eliminate the current backlog. The court scheduled a status conference for October 3, 2016 “to discuss how to proceed.” AAPM&R will keep you updated as the story develops. 

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.