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:
- COVID-19 relief legislation update: On July 27, Republican senators announced the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, which amounts to $1 trillion in COVID-19 relief. The bill would offer providers an extension to repay Medicare accelerated and advance payments and would extend telehealth flexibilities through 2021. The Democratic-led House passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion relief bill, in May. Providers have received no additional relief since the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March. Becker’s Hospital Review outlines key points providers should know about the most recent bill.
- CMS to begin recouping COVID-19 Medicare loans: As legislative negotiations for COVID-19 relief continue, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin recouping accelerated Medicare loans it sent as COVID-19 relief. This could mean providers that received loans won’t receive Medicare reimbursement from their claims until the amount of the loan they received is reduced to zero.
- CMS names first skilled nursing facilities to receive point-of-care COVID-19 tests: CMS has identified 636 nursing homes set to receive the first batch of COVID-19 point-of-care test devices. These facilities are in “hot spots,” where the virus is spreading the most rapidly – including California, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina. They will receive Quidel Sofia and Sofia 2 Instruments and BD Veritor Plus Systems, along with the respective antigen diagnostic tests that go with each device.
- After public health emergency extension, help for states resuming Review Choice Demonstration (RCD): Home health providers in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas learned earlier this month that CMS would renew RCD beginning on August 3, despite CMS’ March 30 announcement that the RCD would be suspended “until the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.” Late last week, the declaration was renewed. As a partner to over two-thirds of the top 100 home health providers in the country, eSolutions is ready to assist home health agencies as they prepare for RCD amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We understand your commitment to provide the best care possible to your patients and communities. At eSolutions, we’re dedicated to ensuring you are reimbursed accurately and rapidly, providing world-class service and enabling access to solutions you need to strengthen your revenue health. If you have questions or concerns, we are available to assist you. Call us at 866.633.4726.