As providers grapple with the effects of COVID-19, we continue to be your trusted partner, helping your business stay strong so you can focus on what’s most important – quality patient care. For important CMS updates, preparedness information, webinars, educational opportunities and many other resources to help you see your organization through this crisis, bookmark this page. Here’s the latest news:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will renew public health emergency: A top spokesman for HHS tweeted Monday night the department “expects to renew” the public health emergency for COVID-19, currently set to expire July 25.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates guidance on three-day stay waiver: Providers must demonstrate that a beneficiary’s skilled nursing care in a facility is “in some way” related to the coronavirus public health crisis in order to qualify for the three-day inpatient qualifying hospital stay waiver benefit, CMS is emphasizing. Learn more here.
- CMS proposes $540M Home Health payment boost and permanent telehealth changes: CMS is proposing to make COVID-19-related telehealth flexibilities for home health providers permanent – yet providers would still be forced to provide the virtual care without payment. CMS detailed that proposal and others last week, along with its annual suggested update to the Medicare rate.
- ‘We don’t need a pizza party, we need PPE’ — House hears that equipment remains linchpin in COVID-19 fight: Last week, a virtual hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the impact of COVID-19 in nursing homes, where the global pandemic has taken a particularly brutal toll. Much of the testimony surrounded the dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in nursing homes.
- In brief — a timeline of CARES Act provider relief fund distribution: HHS is working to distribute the billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funding earmarked for providers in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that was signed into law in late March. Read on for a timeline of the relief fund distribution and allocation announcements from HHS.
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