January 1, 2022 Legislation



Congress finally woke up and passed a bill that was singed by the president that cancelled the scheduled physician pay cuts.  Instead of the 15% pay cut physicians will get an increase of 3% in the fee schedule.  

HHS has updated HIPAA to allow health care providers including mental health providers to disclose protected information on people under certain legal conditions to protect them or the public to prevent or reduce a serious or imminent threat.  This includes the purchase of firearms.

Biden has announced the feds will purchase 500 million Covid home testing kids to be given away free to the public.  This will start in January.  He somehow forgot the production problems that we have.  Since it is recommended that we test twice a week over 2.3 Billion kits would be needed per month.  He is also planning to deploy 1000 troopes with medical training to help overwhelmed hospitals.  

The CDC has shortened the time of isolation for those asymptomatic Covid positive people from 10 days to 5 days and wear a mask if around others for an additional 5 days.  If one is boosted and has come come in contact with a Covid patient no isolation is necessary.

California is not waiting for the federal law.  They have declared that all healthcare workers not only need to be vaccinated but also are required to have booster shots.        Top


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