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:
- Stimulus funding: The U.S. Senate passed more funding for COVID-19 stimulus programs through a unanimous remote vote yesterday afternoon. The newest package also includes $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. The package will now go to the House for a vote tomorrow.
- COVID-19 and nursing homes: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. The announcement, released Sunday night, includes the requirement that notification must come within 12 hours of a confirmed single case of COVID-19.
- CMS increases Medicare payment for lab tests: Last week CMS announced Medicare will nearly double payment for certain lab tests to rapidly diagnose large numbers of COVID-19 cases. This is part of the goal to expand COVID-19 testing, particularly for those with Medicare, including nursing home residents who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and most affected by COVID-19 outbreaks across the country.
- Important webinar for DME providers: Noridian Provider Outreach and Education (POE) staff is hosting the Collaborative DME MAC Status During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic webinar today at 2 p.m. CT and again on April 23 at 2 p.m. CT. The webinar includes the most recent updates from CMS to the DME MACs on policy documentation, a round-up of CMS guidance to date and frequently asked questions.
- Reopening healthcare systems: CMS is issuing guidance on providing essential non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms of COVID-19 in regions with low and stable incidence of COVID-19. This is part of Phase 1 in the Trump Administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
- Telehealth and SNF admissions dominate CMS town hall: In a town hall last week, CMS took questions from across the country on COVID-19 billing and coding. RACmonitor listened in and provided a summary of the call.