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:
- CMS to resume Review Choice Demonstration: The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) announced that the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) would be renewed for participating states beginning in August. The RCD was suspended in late March due to the COVID-19 crisis, but now CMS is moving forward with the demonstration “regardless of the status of the public health emergency” beginning Aug. 3 – resulting in criticism from providers. RCD impacts home health agencies in Illinois, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Florida.
- CMS proposes expanded eligibility for an add-on Medicare payment to include certain home dialysis machines: The End-State Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) rule proposed last week would allow the transitional add-on payment adjustment for new and innovative equipment and supplies (TPNIES) to include certain capital-related assets that are home dialysis machines. The COVID-19 pandemic has pressured CMS to implement additional incentives for providers to transition ESRD patients to the home for dialysis treatments that could put them at risk for exposure, the agency recently stated.
- Vendors, rehab companies adjust to nursing homes’ new normal under COVID: For equipment suppliers and third-party rehabilitation providers operating in the skilled nursing care ecosystem, the COVID-19 crisis, has, in some cases, drastically changed the way these providers interact. And for skilled nursing facility (SNF) operators themselves, the COVID-19 emergency has led them to suddenly rethink their modes of supply — changes that could last well beyond the pandemic.
- Former CMS consultant provides top-level guidance to SNF providers: Skilled Nursing News recently interviewed a former CMS contractor specializing in infection control about the endemic challenges of keeping a virus from spreading among vulnerable elders in close quarters, as well as the need for clear, easy-to-understand federal infection control benchmarks for nursing homes to meet.
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