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CMS Updates Waivers, Provides More Flexibility for Providers Responding to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 emergency continues to heavily impact the U.S. and its health care system, CMS has issued additional flexibilities for providers and payors seeking to respond to the pandemic.  These new flexibilities are described both in revisions to CMS’ blanket waivers and in a new Interim Final Rule with comment period, both issued on April 30.  Many of these flexibilities are responsive to questions and requests submitted to CMS over the past few weeks, providers’ experiences with developing and implementing pandemic response plans, and the regulatory obstacles they have encountered.  While these new flexibilities will not eliminate all…

CMS Updates COVID-19 Guidance For MA Organizations And Part D Sponsors, Addresses Telehealth Visit Risk Adjustment

Since early March 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a steady stream of guidance to Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) and Part D sponsors in connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CMS recently compiled much of this guidance in a memorandum published on April 21, 2020, which revised prior guidance released on March 10, 2020. CMS also issued a new memorandum addressing the status of telehealth visits for risk adjustment, which was prompted by the expansion of telehealth but may extend beyond the COVID-19 emergency. This new guidance describes…

CMS rolls back more Medicare, telehealth regs for providers working through pandemic

  • CMS issued a another round of sweeping regulatory rollbacks Thursday that will temporarily change how some providers care for patients and get compensated during the ongoing pandemic.
  • Practitioners such as therapists previously restricted from providing telehealth services for reimbursement can now do so, and CMS is also upping payments for telephone-only telehealth visits. Accountable care organizations also scored a major win in the Thursday rule drop, with CMS pledging they wouldn’t be dinged financially for lower-than-expected health outcomes in their patient populations from COVID-19.​
  • Other major changes are related to COVID-19 testing for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. A…

COVID-19: CMS Issues Second Round of Groundbreaking Changes for Telehealth – What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a new crop of temporary regulatory flexibilities in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) in the form of new blanket waivers, implementing guidance related to provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support Act (CARES Act) regarding rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), as well as a new interim final rule (April IFC). This flurry of new guidance comes exactly one month after CMS published an interim final rule on March 30 (March IFC). The new…

Coronavirus pushes senior living and care to make choices on telehealth

March 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that Medicare will pay for telehealth services provided to beneficiaries “in any healthcare facility and in their home” and won’t enforce the established-relationship rule.

COVID-19 has caused a significant number of deaths, and because there still is much to learn about it, the uncertainty scares both residents and the general public. Healthcare workers within the independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing segments do not have all the answers. Despite the changes occurring every day, understanding telehealth must be a priority within your organization,…

Health Providers: Join the Telehealth Revolution

Summary: Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to integrate telemedicine into their practice. As part of this effort, we’ve launched telehealth.hhs.gov.

As healthcare providers, we swear an oath at medical school graduation that guides us through our careers.  Whether on the job or walking down the street, we carry this promise, to our patients, communities, and society as a whole.

The demands of the COVID-19 response have brought out the best in our profession; our colleagues on the frontlines are battling day and night to save lives and deliver care in the…

FCC announces first hospitals to win COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding

Just days after the application period opened, some $3.23 million has already been approved to help hard-hit health systems deploy telemedicine technology, connected devices and remote patient-monitoring tools.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced the first half-dozen awardees of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

WHY IT MATTERS
Health systems in hard-hit states such as Louisiana, New York and Ohio have been approved for a total of $3.23 million, so far, of the $200 million program.

The money was earmarked by Congress, part of the recent CARES…

Medicare Resources and Information for Home Health and Hospice Agencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently provided Section 1135 waivers and guidance granting flexibilities to home health agencies (HHAs) and hospices during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic national emergency.

Of note are an expanded ability for HHAs and hospices to provide some telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries as well as the easing of certain administrative requirements for determination and certification of eligibility for Medicare patients to receive home health and hospice services. Like other Medicare providers, HHAs and hospices are also eligible for accelerated/advanced payments from Medicare, and HHAs may be able…

Health Providers: Join the Telehealth Revolution

Summary: Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to integrate telemedicine into their practice. As part of this effort, we’ve launched telehealth.hhs.gov.

As healthcare providers, we swear an oath at medical school graduation that guides us through our careers.  Whether on the job or walking down the street, we carry this promise, to our patients, communities, and society as a whole.

The demands of the COVID-19 response have brought out the best in our profession; our colleagues on the frontlines are battling day and night to save lives and deliver care in the…

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