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CMS: Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Billing Codes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that people with Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage, private insurance coverage, or no health coverage can get COVID-19 vaccines, including the updated Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, at no cost, for as long as the federal government continues purchasing and distributing these COVID-19 vaccines.
Web link    Date Added: 09/13/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 13 2022 4:17PM  
CMS Flexibilities to Address Public Health Emergencies
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is assessing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health care system is prepared for addressing future emergencies. Visit the CMS website for details of what CMS calls "a cross-cutting initiative" to streamline the process used to reestablish health and safety standards. CMS will identify barriers and opportunities for improvement using a health equity lens.
Web link    Date Added: 09/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 9:35AM  
Payment Allowance Update for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Q0222 Injection, Bebtelovimab, 175 mg
Read this latest issue of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MLN Connects newsletter to learn how to bill for the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy, bebtelovimab, 175 mg, and how much CMS will cover for this product.
Web link    Date Added: 08/12/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 12 2022 12:08PM  
U.S. Government to Purchase 66 Million Doses of Moderna’s Variant-Specific COVID-19 Vaccine Booster for Potential Use in Fall and Winter 2022
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, has announced an agreement to purchase 66 million doses of Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster candidate for potential use in the fall and winter of 2022.
Web link    Date Added: 08/01/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 1 2022 11:50AM  
ICD-10 Codes for COVID-19
View this information in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) MLN Connects newsletter to learn which ICD-10 codes to use for patients who have a current COVID-19 infection or a previous COVID-19 infection. CMS also specifies ICD-10 codes to use for patients experiencing Long COVID-19 symptoms.
Web link    Date Added: 07/07/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 7 2022 5:47PM  
COVID-19: New Codes for Moderna Vaccine Booster Doses
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new codes, effective March 29, 2022, for the Moderna vaccine booster and administration.
Web link    Date Added: 04/15/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 15 2022 10:17AM  
COVID-19 Test to Treat Initiative and Locator Tool
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new test-to-treat program to allow anyone who thinks they may have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 to get tested and receive treatment, if appropriate, all in the same location.
Web link    Date Added: 04/04/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 4 2022 6:18PM  
CMS Will Cover Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Through Medicare
Under the new initiative that will begin in the spring of 2022, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to access up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month for free. Tests will be available through eligible pharmacies and other participating entities. This policy will apply to COVID-19 over-the-counter tests approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 3 2022 11:48AM  
Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that insurance companies and group health plans will be required to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests beginning Jan. 15, 2022.
Web link    Date Added: 01/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 10 2022 3:53PM  
Billing for Telehealth During COVID-19
View this website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to learn about the latest updates related to billing and coding for telehealth services.
Web link    Date Added: 09/29/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 29 2021 11:15AM  
Ask An Expert Video: What Should People with Chronic Conditions Know About COVID-19 Vaccines?
Watch and share this video with patients and loved ones who have chronic health conditions to educate them on why getting the COVID-19 vaccine is so important.
Video    Date Added: 09/19/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 17 2021 6:26PM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Update
Listen to this recording from the week of Aug. 16, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute. Dr. Kohl gives an update on what states in the TMF region have experiened with the surge of the delta variant, the status of COVID-19 vaccinations, deaths and a look at vaccination rates among medical personnel in nursing homes.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/23/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2021 8:36AM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Booster
Listen to this recording from the week of Aug. 16, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, to learn what has changed with the COVID-19 vaccine and why booster shots are now being recommended.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/23/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2021 8:36AM  
StAT Learning Series for Hospital Clinical Staff and Leaders
The new StAT (Standards, Approaches and Tactics for Infection Control & Prevention) Learning Series includes a variety of interactive, self-paced learning modules on infection prevention and control in the hospital setting. The series of 15-minute learning modules is produced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is tailored to teams leading hospital infection prevention programs and care teams.
Web link    Date Added: 08/19/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 19 2021 9:54PM  
CMS will Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Nursing Home Staff
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is developing an emergency regulation requiring staff COVID-19 vaccinations within the nation’s more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes.
Web link    Date Added: 08/18/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 18 2021 4:42PM  
COVID-19 Vaccines Additional Doses: Codes & Payment
The Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow for an additional dose in certain immunocompromised people.
Web link    Date Added: 08/16/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 16 2021 5:10PM  
Confront Health Misinformation: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on Building a Healthy Information Environment
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, has issued the first Surgeon General's Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation during the COVID-19 vaccination push.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/19/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 19 2021 5:31PM  
COVID-19 Care for Uninsured Individuals
This webpage from the Department of Health & Human Services helps uninsured individuals find no-cost COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines. The resources are available for download for patients in both English and Spanish.
Web link    Date Added: 05/11/2021    Date Last Modified: May 13 2021 3:27PM  
Medicare Increases Payment for Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccine
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing the Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the CMS website for more information and to review billing codes.
Web link    Date Added: 03/15/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 15 2021 2:02PM  
CMS Issues News Release Regarding Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Reimbursement Requirements
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance removing barriers to COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations, and strengthening requirements that plans and issuers cover diagnostic testing without cost sharing.
Web link    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:41PM  
Coding for COVID-19 Vaccines
Do you know how to code for administering a COVID-19 vaccine? View this webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for more information.
Web link    Date Added: 02/07/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:55PM  
Enroll in Medicare to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
Health care providers can view this webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to learn how to enroll in Medicare to bill for administering COVID-19 vaccines.
Web link    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:56PM  
CMS COVID-19 Provider Toolkit
This toolkit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is for providers, states and insurers to help swiftly administer the COVID-19 vaccine, and includes information on enrolling, billing and coding for vaccine administration.
Web link    Date Added: 02/01/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 4 2021 4:23PM  
COVID-19 and Flu Public Education Campaign
This Department of Health and Human Services campaign aims to increase public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures, including mask wearing and social distancing.
Web link    Date Added: 02/01/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 1 2021 10:22AM  
CMS Pandemic Plan v. 3.1 Public Release
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created this plan to outline its process to prepare for, respond to, and recover from current and future pandemic threats. This plan addresses policy responses related to waivers and flexibilities. It also includes some information specific to rural health care providers, health care facilities and residents.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/28/2021    Date Last Modified: Jan 28 2021 4:32PM  
Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) Implements New Diagnostic Codes for COVID-19 conditions: Effective Jan. 1, 2021
CMS to implement new COVID-19 diagnostic codes into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10). Effective Jan. 1, 2021, CMS will assign MS-DRGs to six new ICD-10 codes for reporting COVID-19-related conditions.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/28/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 28 2020 11:49AM  
CMS Implements New Procedure Codes for COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics CMS: Effective January 01, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is implementing 21 new procedure codes into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10_PCS) for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/28/2020    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:59PM  
Q3 2020 Data Submission Deadline Extension for Certain Medicare Quality Reporting and Value-Based Purchasing Programs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending quarter (Q) 3 2020 data submission deadlines by one month for providers that participate in certain Medicare Quality Reporting and Value-Based Purchasing Programs to help providers focus on patient care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/23/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 23 2020 10:22AM  
Respirators for Healthcare during COVID-19: Authorized Use & Avoiding Fraudulent Products
This fact sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides an overview of key practices and resources to help consumers understand approved and authorized use of respirators, avoid purchasing fraudulent products, and report fraud.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/22/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 22 2020 12:03PM  
CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Policies & Guidance
View this website from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that provides COVID-19 vaccine policies and guidance.
Web link    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 5:36PM  
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updates its FAQs regarding coverage, billing and payment for monoclonal antibody therapies used to treat COVID-19
Web link    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 6:41PM  
HHS issues updated COVID-19 data reporting guidance
The Department of Health and Human Services updates its guidance to hospitals on the reporting of COVID-19-related data.
Web link    Date Added: 12/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2020 4:10PM  
COVID-19 Vaccine Codes and PC-ACE Software Update
Read this MLN Connects Special Edition newsletter to learn about the PC-ACE software updated health care providers can download in preparation of the release of the vaccine(s) for COVID-19 in order to use the proper codes when administering the vaccines.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Nov 13 2020 1:20PM  
Preliminary Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released preliminary data on the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. This data was derived from claims between Jan. 1 and May 16, 2020.
Web link    Date Added: 06/25/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 25 2020 5:51PM  
Adjusting Operations to Manage Patient Surge due to COVID-19
View this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services webpage for resources to assist with managing patient surge due to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 05/28/2020    Date Last Modified: May 28 2020 6:23PM  
Fact Sheet for State and Local Governments - CMS Programs & Payment for Care in Hospital Alternate Care Sites
This newly published fact sheet provides state and local governments developing alternate care sites with information on how to seek payments through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/27/2020    Date Last Modified: May 28 2020 9:37AM  
COVID-19 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Flexibilities During the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learn more about the flexibilities the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced for inpatient rehabilitation facilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Web link    Date Added: 05/12/2020    Date Last Modified: May 12 2020 5:37PM  
Frequently Asked Questions on EMTALA
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued frequently asked questions clarifying requirements and considerations for hospitals and other providers related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Web link    Date Added: 05/04/2020    Date Last Modified: May 4 2020 10:58PM  
Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Scoring, Payment Adjustment, and Hardship Information webpage for detailed information.
Web link    Date Added: 05/04/2020    Date Last Modified: May 4 2020 11:04PM  
Prioritization of Survey Activities Memorandum
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a memo March 23, 2020, listing the prioritization of survey activities it will complete during the COVID-19 pandemic. This memo also lists the surveys it will not complete.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/29/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 11:43PM  
Freestanding Emergency Departments to Provide Care to Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that independent freestanding emergency departments can provide care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Web link    Date Added: 04/23/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 23 2020 9:40PM  
CMS Coronavirus COVID-19 Recorded Stakeholder Calls Podcast and Transcripts
This page holds all Partner Relations Group Podcasts, transcripts and audio recordings. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes open door forums and other presentations available as audio podcasts.
Web link    Date Added: 04/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 22 2020 11:06PM  
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
CMS Releases Additional Blanket Waivers for Long-Term Care Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Intermediate Care Facilities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/19/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 9:50AM  
CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced April 15, 2020, that it increased the payment for high-production coronavirus lab tests.
Web link    Date Added: 04/17/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 17 2020 9:27PM  
CMS News: Expanded Coverage for Essential Services Amid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
See these April 11, 2020, FAQs regarding implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), and other health coverage issues related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 12:46PM  
The Official White House Response to COVID-19
Keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 1:36PM  
CMS' April 14, 2020, Office Hours on COVID-19
Listen to this webinar from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as they answer questions during office hours on April 14, 2020.
Audio    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 7:43AM  
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
CMS announced the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, through the end of the emergency declaration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 7:16AM  
COVID-19 Interim Final Rule FAQs
Here are CMS' frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) billing during COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 29 2020 11:51AM  
New CMS COVID-19 Contact Info
Email your COVID-19 questions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at Covid-19@cms.hhs.gov.
Web link    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:12AM  
Updated: CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Health Care Workers from COVID-19
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) official website has the latest resources related to COVID-19. It is updated regularly with clinical and technical announcements for providers and facilities, as well as guidance on billing and codes, coverage, provider enrollment and more.
Web link    Date Added: 04/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:17AM  
CMS' April 9, 2020, Office Hours on COVID-19
Listen to this webinar from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as they answer questions during office hours on April 9, 2020.
Audio    Date Added: 04/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:35AM  
NEW CMS Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded its current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers for the duration of the public health emergency
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:24AM  
CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) COVID-19 Update Call: April 7, 2020
On April 7, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) experts provided updates on recent actions taken to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:53AM  
CMS Teleconference: Lessons from the Front Lines -- COVID-19
On April 3, 2020, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Deborah Birx, MD, White House Coronavirus Task Force, and officials from the FDA, CDC, and FEMA participated in a call on COVID-19 flexibilities.
Audio    Date Added: 04/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 8:59AM  
Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services
This CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) video provides answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 9:15AM  
CMS News Room
Read the latest actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 9:36AM  
March 27, 2020, CMS Guidance Memo: Quality Reporting and Value-based Purchasing Programs
Read about exceptions and extensions for Quality reporting requirements for acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care (LTC) hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASC), renal dialysis facilities, and MIPS-eligible clinicians affected by COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 12:43PM  
Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Here is a list of CMS changes due to COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 1:43PM  
How to Apply for Section 1135 Waivers
CMS provides guidance to states on how to apply for Section 1135 waivers through the Medicaid Disaster Response Tool Kit.
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 2:02PM  
COVID-19 Checklists and Tools to Accelerate Relief for State Medicaid & CHIP Programs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new tools to help speed states’ access to emergency flexibilities and resources.
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 2:33PM  
Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) compiled the best practices and lessons learned that communities have already faced fighting COVID-19
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 8:52AM  
COVID-19 Updated Long-Term Care Facility Guidance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are issuing new recommendations to state and local governments and long-term care facilities (also known as nursing homes) to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 8:55AM  
Recordings for CMS National Stakeholder Calls on COVID-19
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 10:27AM  
New COVID-19 Coding Guidelines
Ensemble Health Partners provides the latest coding updates due to COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 11 2020 11:11AM  
CMS News: Coronavirus Waivers and Flexibilities
Here is a list of CMS' new 1135 waivers to respond to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 03/31/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 8:07AM  
CMS Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During COVID-19 Emergency
In order to increase cash flow to providers of services and suppliers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded its current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/30/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 8:26AM  
March 30, 2020: Sweeping Regulatory Changes Help U.S. Health Care System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes that allow hospitals and health systems to deliver services at other locations to make room for COVID-19 patients needing acute care in their main facility. CMS’s announcement also waives certain requirements to enable and encourage hospitals to hire local physicians and other providers to address potential surges. New rules allow hospitals to support physician practices by transferring critical equipment, including items used for telehealth, as well as providing meals and childcare for their health care workers.
Web link    Date Added: 03/30/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 8:00AM  
Medicare and Coronavirus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with Medicare are at higher risk for COVID-19. Here are Medicare's latest resources to keep you up to date.
Web link    Date Added: 03/27/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 9:11AM  
CMS Memo #QSO-20-20-All: Prioritization of Survey Activities
CMS prioritized and suspended certain federal and SSA surveys, and delayed revisit surveys, for three weeks beginning March 23, 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/26/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 10:10AM  
CMS News Alert: March 26, 2020
Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 03/26/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 10:13AM  
What You Should Know About COVID-19 to Protect Yourself and Others
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published this fact sheet.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/19/2020    Date Last Modified: May 28 2020 9:15AM  
Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response
On March 18, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Web link    Date Added: 03/19/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 2 2020 1:31PM  
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Call Recordings and Transcripts
This page holds all COVID-19 podcasts, transcripts and audio recordings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Web link    Date Added: 03/19/2020    Date Last Modified: May 28 2020 8:51AM  
CMS Issues FAQs on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus
On March 18, 2020, CMS answered frequently asked questions about catastrophic health coverage and the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/19/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 2 2020 8:30AM  
CMS QIO Resources
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program developed this page to share resources to prevent and treat COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, as it spreads throughout the United States.
Web link    Date Added: 03/18/2020    Date Last Modified: May 28 2020 9:13AM  
CMS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed this toolkit to help you stay informed on CMS and HHS materials available on COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 03/17/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 8:12AM  
Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) COVID-19 Test Pricing
CMS released this memo on May 19, 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 8:39AM  
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, through the end of the emergency declaration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 8:42AM  
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, through the end of the emergency declaration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 8:51AM  
CMS Takes Action Nationwide to Aggressively Respond to Coronavirus National Emergency
CMS is authorized to waive certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program requirements and conditions of participation under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.
Web link    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 9:23AM  
FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CMS released these frequently asked questions on March 12, 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 12:08PM  
COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies
On March 12, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted frequently asked questions (FAQs) to the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Web link    Date Added: 03/12/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 8:55AM  
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the following blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020, through the end of the emergency declaration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/12/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 4 2020 8:10AM  
CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a second Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code that can be used by laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases.
Web link    Date Added: 03/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 12:24PM  
CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus
CMS calls on all health care providers to activate infection control practices and issues guidance to inspectors as they inspect facilities affected by Coronavirus.
Web link    Date Added: 03/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 12:37PM  
CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge
This memorandum responds to questions CMS has received and provides important guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak and minimizing transmission to other individuals.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 2:22PM  
CMS Suspension of Survey Activities
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is suspending non-emergency inspections across the country, allowing inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 4 2020 8:24AM