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The official count is in. While the plight of physician practices during the COVID pandmic is well-known, new data from CMS provides a full accounting of the grisly financial landscape.
 
 
CMS is following through on a previous Biden executive order and will publish on Nov. 5 an interim final rule requiring all health care staff in facilities paid with federal funds -- that is, “approximately 76,000 providers" and "over 17 million health care workers across the country” -- to be vaccinated against COVID by Dec. 5, 2021.

 
 
The payment cuts that are on track to hit physician practices Jan. 1 could have sweeping implications for the health care industry. Compensation levels for physicians, a potential hiring freeze and staff layoffs and population health initiatives are all factors at stake, a new survey from AMGA reveals.
 
If you need more money to cover your COVID-19-related practice revenue shortfalls since July 1, good news -- CMS is giving you another chance.
Part B News talked to a top Washington health care lawyer about the Provider Relief Fund, what CMS and HRSA are doing with the billions of dollars remaining in the kitty, and the impact of the impending audits of providers who got funds.

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