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<h5>December 3, 2021</h5>
<h2>Preparing for the New Year</h2>
<p>Jennifer Hanscom, Executive Director/CEO</p>
Our members often ask how they can become more involved in raising concerns, shaping policy, or taking action to make a difference for the profession. Of course, by being a member of the WSMA, you are already part of a powerful collective voice for change. But individual action and participation are critical to transformation, as well. I wanted to take a moment to highlight several upcoming opportunities that I hope you'll consider.
I'm sure you're aware that the 2022 legislative session is just weeks away, with the opening session on Jan. 10. It's set to be a "short" session, which means it should run for 60 days, with an anticipated closing date of March 10.
We're hearing from folks in the Legislature that this session will take place in a hybrid format, with committee hearings being held online and votes being cast in person on the House and Senate floors. We anticipate that the limitations on visits and meetings due to COVID-19 safety precautions will make for an interesting environment for connecting with legislators, but nonetheless your WSMA lobbying staff will be everywhere the legislators are.
The WSMA's annual pre-session webinar offers a great opportunity for you to learn more about the upcoming legislative session. This insider's view on what's expected during session is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 15 at noon. WSMA's Olympia team will provide an update on priorities for the profession and issues the WSMA will be tracking. As a bonus, we'll hear directly from WSMA's 2021 Legislator of the Year, Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), who will share his insights on health care issues and the 2022 session and answer your questions during a Q&amp;A. We'll also leave time to hear from you about concerns your practice is facing, so be sure to join us and speak up. <a href="https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElf-ytpjosGNWhvR6zVR2ZYTZueh_oLsUn">Register online</a> today.
The <a href="[@]WSMA/Events/Legislative_Summit/WSMA/Events/WSMA_Legislative_Summit/Legislative_Summit.aspx?hkey=795731a5-79ba-45b0-b78b-b9dfbfc336e5&amp;_zs=B3aFd1&amp;_zl=Q1148">2022 WSMA Legislative Summit</a> is another opportunity to make your voice heard. The event will be held virtually again this year, with an initial overview hosted by WSMA's Olympia team on Monday Feb. 7, in addition to time for members to meet virtually with their representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Registration will be open soon.
There are several other opportunities where WSMA members can lend their voices including:
<li>The <strong>Legislature's Tax Structure Work Group</strong> is interested in hearing from individual taxpayers and businesses about different scenarios for changing Washington state's tax structure. Take this <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQ6KNPH">short survey</a> to provide your input. While completing the survey, you may reference the work group's tax calculator to see how these ideas might impact the taxes that you pay. Both household and business tax calculators are available. The work group's goal is to improve Washington's tax structure for individuals, families, and businesses and is focused on changing the types of taxes to provide the same total amount of money to the state (revenue). Please note that it is not looking at options that will increase the amount of overall revenue, but rather, who and what the state taxes and how it collects revenue.</li>
<li>The <strong>Washington State Board of Health</strong> is seeking individuals with a background in health and sanitation to serve on the board. Board members are appointed by the governor and serve three-year terms. The board is a public forum to inform the development of health policy, and it has broad statutory authority to adopt public health and sanitation rules on topics such as immunizations, prenatal and childhood screenings, disease surveillance, food and drinking water safety, and more. The board also completes health impact reviews and makes policy recommendations to the governor and Legislature. More information about the board and its work can be found on <a href="https://sboh.wa.gov/">its website</a>. Interested applicants can fill out an application on <a href="https://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions/boards-commissions/apply-serve-board-or-commission">Gov. Jay Inslee's website</a>.</li>
<li>The <strong>Washington Medical Commission</strong> is currently accepting applications to fill upcoming vacancies. The commission helps make sure physicians and physician assistants are competent and provide quality medical care. The commission is looking for people willing to study the issues and make decisions in the best interest of the public. Member selection reflects the diversity of the profession and provides representation throughout the state. On July 1, 2022 the commission will have openings for the following positions:
<li>One physician representing Congressional District 3</li>
<li>One physician representing Congressional District 5</li>
<li>One physician representing Congressional District 9</li>
<li>One physician assistant</li>
<li>Three public members</li>
<p>To determine what congressional district you live in, visit the <a href="https://www.house.gov/">U.S. House of Representatives</a> webpage and enter
your ZIP code. Applications are due to the commission on Friday, March 25. For additional information on the commission's application process, you can view its <a href="https://wmc.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/Notice%20of%20Recruitment%202022.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">official notice of recruitment</a>.
<li>There are also three open spots on the <strong>WAMPAC board</strong>, which is WSMA's nonpartisan campaign arm. The board comprises one physician or physician assistant from each of the state's 10 congressional districts, plus a slot for a medical student and resident. If you're interested in politics, board membership provides an excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of campaigns, as well as to connect with elected officials and candidates for office. Currently there are openings in the 8th and 9th congressional districts, as well as the resident slot. If you're interested in applying to the board or want to learn more, contact WSMA's Government Affairs Director Sean Graham at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.</li>
As you can see here, there are many ways to jump in, get involved, and have a voice in shaping what's happening in medicine in Washington state. I hope, in addition to <a href="[@]renew?_zs=B3aFd1&amp;_zl=X1148">renewing your WSMA membership today</a>, you'll also consider engaging in one of these opportunities!
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<h5>November 24, 2021</h5>
<h2>CMS to Hold Physicians Harmless from 2023 MIPS Penalties </h2>
<p>The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services announced that it will again this year be granting automatic exceptions from reporting requirements for clinicians participating in Medicare quality reporting programs due to the ongoing disruptions the COVID-19 public health emergency is having on physician practices.</p>
<p>The <a href="https://qpp-cm-prod-content.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/1198/2020%20MIPS%20Automatic%20EUC%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances (EUC) Hardship Exception policy</a> will be automatically applied to all MIPS-eligible clinicians who do not submit any MIPS data for the 2021 performance period (2023 payment year). Physicians and group practices that haven't submitted any MIPS data do not need to take any additional action to qualify for the automatic exception. CMS will automatically identify and reweight all four MIPS performance categories to 0% and apply a neutral payment adjustment for the 2023 MIPS payment year.</p>
<p><strong>Important</strong>: If a physician or practice has submitted quality data codes on their 2021 Medicare claims, they will still need to file a 2021 MIPS hardship exception to avoid a 2023 payment adjustment and be exempt from the 2021 MIPS program. Exception applications can be submitted by signing in to <a href="https://qpp.cms.gov/">qpp.cms.gov</a> and clicking Exception Applications on the left-hand navigation.</p>
<p>For more detailed information on the automatic EUC policy and CMS announcement, <a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMS/bulletins/2fb9e8a">click here</a>.</p>
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<h5>November 24, 2021</h5>
<h2>Provider Relief Fund Reporting Grace Period Ends Nov. 30</h2>
<p>The 60-day grace period for the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Period 1 ends Nov. 30. Non-compliant physicians and providers still have time to complete their reporting requirements by submitting their report at the reporting portal by Nov. 30. Physicians who fail to meet this deadline will be required to return their Provider Relief Fund payments by Dec. 30.</p>
<p>By keeping your PRF payment, you attested to <a href="https://www.hrsa.gov/provider-relief/past-payments/terms-conditions">terms and conditions</a> which includes a requirement to report on the use of the payment to comply with the legal requirements of the CARES Act, which establishes that recipients of PRF payment must submit reports and maintain relevant documentation. </p>
<h3>What happens if I don't meet the Nov. 30 deadline? </h3>
<p>Non-compliant physicians and providers who fail to submit a completed report by the end of the 60-day grace period will be subject to further enforcement actions such as repayment or exclusion from receiving or retaining future PRF payments, including any applicable Phase 4/ARP rural payments.</p>
<p>Physicians with outstanding reporting requirements should go to the <a href="https://prfreporting.hrsa.gov/">PRF reporting portal</a> and submit their report on use of funds no later than Nov. 30 at 11:59 pm ET, at which point you will be deemed in compliance with the reporting requirement.</p>
<p>After submitting your report, your organization should return any unused funds by Dec. 30, 2021. For more information on returning all or a portion of your payments via ACH or check, visit the <a href="https://prfreporting.hrsa.gov/">PRF reporting portal</a> or refer to the new <a href="https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/provider-relief/returning-funds-fact-sheet.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">returning funds fact sheet</a> for more details and instructions on returning funds to HRSA. </p>
<h3>Where can I find my payment information?</h3>
<p>Please check your banking records or ask your accountant. If you received your PRF payment by automated clearing house deposit, the addenda description will include *HHS.GOV*866-569-3522. The ACH settlement date is the day of the deposit. If you received and deposited a paper check, you will need the exact payment amount and the check number to register in the reporting portal.</p>
<p>Several resources are also available to assist with submitting a report, including:</p>
<li><a href="https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/provider-relief/prf-lost-revenues-guide.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Lost revenues guide</a> </li>
<li>Learn the purpose of <a href="https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/provider-relief/patient-metrics-fact-sheet.pdf?">patient metrics</a> and how they help to measure the impact of PRF funds on various provider types</li>
<li>Understand <a href="https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/provider-relief/independent-audit-requirement-fact-sheet.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">audit requirements</a> for federal, non-federal, and commercial organizations</li>
<li>Learn what a parent organization is and how to complete <a href="https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/provider-relief/prf-parent-subsidiary-reporting-fact-sheet.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">parent subsidiary reporting</a></li>
<p>For questions on reporting or how to return unused funds, you may call 866.569.3522, for TTY dial 711. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.</p>
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