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“Pandemic is Over Act” Seeks to Oficially End the Public Health Emergency (PHE) 
Rep. Guthrie and other House Republicans introduced legislation to end the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).  
States Expanded 2022 Medicaid Telehealth Services for Behavioral Health, according to a Recent Report 
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released two new reports regarding Medicaid programs and the expansion of telehealth for behavioral health services.  
Telehealth has not Led to Over-utilization of Primary Care, according to a Recent Study 
According to a recent study, telehealth reduces primary care spending, as it has been associated with lower department utilization and inpatient hospitalizations.  
Healthcare spending grew 2.7% to reach $4.3 trillion in 2021 
According to a Health Affairs study, healthcare spending in 2021 was slower than in 2020, with a 2.7% increase percent. 
Physician pay is changing with increases and decreases in certain specialties this 2022 
According to a recent report, Interventional cardiologists saw the biggest pay drop this year while OB-GYN saw the biggest pay increase.
CMS looking to get more ACA plans into value-based care arrangements 
CMS officials are pushing to align quality standards across government programs to spur greater investment in value-based care.  
MGMA Released their Annual Regulatory Burden Report Showing Extreme Burdens for Physician Practices 
The MGMA report highlighted the ongoing burden associated with prior authorization and the good faith estimates included in the No Surprises Act.
Lawmakers are Pressing CMS to Expand Coverage of Substance Use Disorders and Close Gaps in Care
Lawmakers called for the institution to use existing authority and new funding to expand Medicare coverage for these disorders.
Physician burnout is associated with a reduction in care quality; a study suggests 
A recent BMJ study found that healthcare professionals’ burnout can lead to unsafe patient care and career disengagement. 
HHS expected to renew COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) for the 11th time 
The PHE will expire on October 13 if not renewed. If renewed, the new deadline would be January 21, 2023.