The administration has again delayed implementation of an information blocking and interoperability rule because of COVID-19. It was to have taken effect Nov. 2. The new deadline is April 5, 2021. The reprieve follows lobbying by physician and health care organizations to give practices inundated by the pandemic more time to prepare, AAFP reports, noting that the final rule was issued right before the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic. (AAFP News
Most private health plans will be required to cover an approved coronavirus vaccine and its administration with no cost-sharing, according to an interim final CMS rule. In addition, Medicare will also cover any vaccine at no cost to beneficiaries, while Medicaid will reimburse vaccination with no cost- sharing for most plan members. The federal government will reimburse providers administering the vaccine to people without insurance; they are prohibited from charging consumers if they receive the vaccine from the government. The rule will remain in place for the duration of the public health emergency declaration. (BioPharma Dive
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