Advocacy Information – COVID-19

ASE/Alliance of Specialty Medicine coalition regarding Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (April 20, 2020)

ASE/Alliance of Specialty Medicine coalition letter regarding Fourth COVID-19 Response Package (April 17, 2020)

ASE/AMA coalition letter regarding H.R. 748, the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) (April 15, 2020)

CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program (April 26, 2020)

CMS has issued an FAQ document regarding the distribution of the additional $20 billion from the $50 billion general allocation of the Provider Relief Fund. Most confusion has arisen around who can use the general distribution portal, i.e., you had to have received money from the first $30 billion distribution. (April 25, 2020)

HHS Announces Additional Allocations of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (April 22, 2020)

Trump Administration Launches New Toolkit to Help States Navigate COVID-19 Health Workforce Challenges (April 22, 2020)

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal Opens (April 16, 2020)

Trump Administration Announces Expanded Coverage for Essential Diagnostic Services Amid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (April 11, 2020)

In an effort to facilitate continuous patient care during quickly changing scenarios that are arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, DEA has issued two exceptions to regulations for DEA-registered hospital/clinics:

  1. Utilize alternate satellite hospital/clinic locations under their current DEA registrations (no need to apply for a separate DEA registration for the alternate site).  Read more here.
  2. Distributors can ship controlled substances directly to these alternate satellite hospital/clinic locations, even though these locations do not have their own DEA registrations (non-registered). Read more here.

FAQs – on the Provider Relief Fund (April 10, 2020)

A state-by-state breakdown of the delivery of the initial $30 billion of CARES Act Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (April 10, 2020)

AMA/ASE Collation Letter Regarding Financial Assistance for Physicians (April 7, 2020)

COVID-19: A Weekly Advocacy News Summary from ASE (March 30, 2020)

COVID-19: A Weekly Update from Washington (March 27, 2020)

COVID-19: A Weekly Advocacy News Summary from ASE (March 24, 2020)

ASE/AMA Coding Updates

CMS News

Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Health Care System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge (March 31, 2020)

Billing for Professional Telehealth Services During the Public Health Emergency (March 31, 2020)

New Specimen Collection Codes for Laboratories Billing for COVID-19 Testing (March 31, 2020)

CMS Breaking News

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From Hart Health Strategies, Inc.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.