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…

CMS Releases Allocation Details, Conditions of Participation for Emergency Payments to Home Health Providers

Home health and hospice providers now have greater clarity on how much initial emergency assistance they’ll be getting from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, as well as when those direct deposits will hit their bank accounts.

While details of the disbursements were originally scarce, it seems the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started doling out payments to Medicare-reimbursed providers as of Friday, April 10.

The goal is to divide $30 billion in grant funding up between all program participants to help them maintain stability amid COVID-19. The…

FCC Fast-Tracks COVID-19 Telehealth Initiative

Disbursements of $200 million fund could start by end of April.


  • Fund reimburses expenses for telecommunications service and equipment to provide COVID-19 related connected care services.
  • FCC’s main goal is to rapidly disburse funds to hardest hit areas.
  • Funding should be available by end of April.

The Federal Communications Commission is moving quickly to disburse the $200 million set aside in the CARES Act for telehealth services and equipment. Just three days after Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the CARES Act, the FCC staff…

Covid-19 Telehealth-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions


  1. What is the COVID-19 Telehealth Program?

    The Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) adopted the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program in a Report and Order released April 2, 2020. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program was established by the Commission in response to the public health emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through this program, the Commission will distribute the $200 million Congress appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide telehealth services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the…

FCC Releases $200M COVID-19 Telehealth Program Guidance: Your Questions Answered

On April 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its Report and Order 20-44 outlining how it plans to distribute $200 million appropriated to it by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the “Program”) will allow eligible providers to be reimbursed for “telecommunication services, information services, and devices necessary to enable provision of telehealth services, on a temporary basis.”

The FCC will make the COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application and Request for Funding Form (the “Application”) publicly available as soon as the Office…

$200 Million of Funding for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

On April 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the $200 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) Telehealth Program contemplated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Telehealth Program is distinguishable from the broader Connected Care Pilot Program, which will make an additional $100 million in federal universal service funds available for telehealth over the next three years.

Telehealth Program

Notwithstanding telehealth’s advantages, most low-income Americans are unable to utilize telehealth services due to their lack of consistent, broadband internet connection. Furthermore,…

CMS Updates FAQ Document on Medicare Coverage for Telehealth

In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its FAQs on Medicare coverage for telehealth services.

April 13, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its guidance document on Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In its 38-page FAQ update unveiled last week, CMS includes 22 questions specifically targeting telehealth and mHealth coverage under Medicare fee-for-service guidelines. The questions don’t take into account flexibilities created by The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (HR 748), which was…

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