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:
- Nursing home deaths and penalties for infection control violations: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices. CMS reported 26,000 people have died of COVID-19 in nursing homes through mid-May and cited those numbers in unveiling increased civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for nursing homes with patterns of infection control deficiencies, while also implementing new enforcement of lower-level infection control issues to bolster compliance. Providers struggling to comply with increased enforcement efforts can face fines of up to $20,000.
- CMS updates hospitals on COVID-19 billing policies: Last week CMS updated its FAQ document on Medicare billing. Becker’s Hospital Review outlines 5 key takeaways from this update.
- Some telehealth provisions may become permanent: In a teleconference last week, CMS Administrator Seema Verma confirmed that the agency will explore telehealth services that could remain in effect after the COVID-19 public health emergency designation has lifted.
- Home Health Agencies (HHAs) report lost revenue: In a recent Home Health Care News survey of over 100 HHA industry representatives, nearly 92% said their agency’s overall revenues were down because of the coronavirus.
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