Vaccine News and Advocacy

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Here is some good news to brighten your week!

Vaccine News

Last week brought about the FDA approval of the second COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna. This vaccine is similar to the Pfizer product, in that it is an mRNA vaccine and requires two doses. The importance of the second approval is the impact on distribution to Americans and the availability of the vaccine.

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has put out an excellent presentation regarding the vaccine and I highly recommend your viewing it by clicking the button below.

Physician Fee Schedule Cuts

Congress has passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133), which includes $900 billion in COVID relief and a partial fix to the Physician Fee Schedule cuts scheduled to begin January 1st in the CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The bill now heads to the President’s desk for final signature, which is expected to occur this week.

While the bill is not a complete fix to the 9% Physician Fee schedule cuts affecting therapy, there are several components to the bill which will partially mitigate the effects of the cuts. I will keep you apprised of the details as I get them.

Our advocacy efforts work, but there is still much more to do to insure access to our services for all Medicare recipients.

Just for Fun

Have you ever eaten Dippin’ Dots ice cream? Here’s an interesting article about how the technology used for transporting and storing Dippin’ Dots could be used to keep the vaccines cold and stable.