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FDA Revoked the EUA for Bamlanivimab When Administered Alone
On April 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the Emergency Use Authorization for bamlanivimab, when administered alone, due to a sustained increase in COVID-19 viral variants in the U.S. that are resistant to this antibody therapy. The FDA determined that the known and potential benefits of bamlanivimab, when administered alone, no longer outweigh the known and potential risks. Medicare will cover and pay for bamlanivimab, when administered alone, for dates of service from Nov. 10, 2020 – April 16, 2021.
Web link    Date Added: 04/20/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 20 2021 6:05PM  
Repayment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments Began on March 30, 2021
Read this special edition Medicare Learning Network Matters Article that includes information for all Medicare providers and suppliers who requested and received COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments (CAAPs) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) due to COVID-19. CMS began recovering those payments as early as March 30, 2021, depending upon the one-year anniversary of when providers received their first payment. This article also gives information on how to identify recovered payments. Providers should ensure their billing staff are aware that the recovery has begun, or will begin soon, but no sooner than one year from the date CMS issued the CAAP to your organization or facility.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/05/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 5 2021 4:41PM  
Investment of $150 Million will Expand Access to COVID-19 Treatments in Underserved Communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is investing $150 million to increase access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments for patients in vulnerable communities across the country.
Web link    Date Added: 03/17/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 17 2021 3:45PM  
U.S. Federal Government Plans to Invest $12 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing
As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will invest $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to ramp up screening testing to help schools reopen, $2.25 billion to scale up testing in underserved populations, and provide new guidance on asymptomatic screening testing in schools, workplaces and congregate settings.
Web link    Date Added: 03/17/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 17 2021 3:28PM  
Visiting Loved Ones in a Nursing Home (English)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued updated guidance for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency. CMS has released this document to further explain the expanded visitation options.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/15/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 17 2021 3:43PM  
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 Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has issued updated guidance allowing nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency.
Web link    Date Added: 03/10/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 10 2021 3:40PM  
Historic Manufacturing Collaboration Announced Between Merck and Johnson & Johnson to Expand Production of COVID-19 Vaccines
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson, will be the first federal partner to use repurposed Merck facilities to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine. Merck will use two of its facilities to produce drug substance, formulate and fill vials of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 03/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 11:33AM  
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  
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  
Strategies for Managing a Surge in COVID-19 Cases
In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases in many areas of the country, the federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group has released guidance detailing strategies to help health care providers manage patient surge. State, local, tribal and territorial governments can use these strategies to enhance their health care capabilities and support a more comprehensive health care system response.
Web link    Date Added: 01/07/2021    Date Last Modified: Jan 7 2021 4:59PM  
COVID-19 Vaccination Quick Guide
Download this one-page document for links to resources about the COVID-19 vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/30/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 31 2020 9:36AM  
New ICD-10 COVID-19 Procedure Codes
Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is implementing 21 new procedure codes to describe the introduction or infusion of therapeutics, including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines for COVID-19 treatment, into the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/29/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 29 2020 1:57PM  
COVID-19 Vaccine Codes for Moderna
Read this Medicare Learning Network Special Edition newsletter from Dec. 22, 2020, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to learn about the payment codes for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/22/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 28 2020 10:35AM  
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  
CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Codes and Reimbursement Information for Pfizer-BioNTech
Read this special edition of the Medicare Learning Network newsletter, which lists important information regarding coding and payment for health care providers administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/14/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 22 2020 6:36PM  
Nursing Home COVID-19 Public Data
Staff at nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities can access the public data reports for the Nursing Home COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Module. This module includes resident impact, facility capacity, staff and personnel, supplies and personal protective equipment and ventilator capacity and supply data elements, which are updated weekly. The positivity rates of COVID-19 in each county is updated bi-weekly.  
Web link    Date Added: 11/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Nov 13 2020 1:49PM  
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  
CMS Launches Nursing Home Resource Center
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new online platform - the Nursing Home Resource Center - to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes.
Web link    Date Added: 10/30/2020    Date Last Modified: Oct 30 2020 5:39PM  
Payment Expanded for Telehealth Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. CMS is also providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth. Medicare will begin paying eligible practitioners who furnish these newly added telehealth services effective immediately, and for the duration of the public health emergency. These new telehealth services include certain neurostimulator analysis and programming services, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Web link    Date Added: 10/14/2020    Date Last Modified: Oct 14 2020 5:31PM  
The Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Tip Sheet
View this tip sheet to learn when long-term care hospitals should resume reporting data on measures and standardized patient assessment data.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 10/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Oct 13 2020 12:03PM  
CMS Releases Quick-Start Guide to Streamline Certification for Labs Testing for COVID-19
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) states every facility that conducts COVID-19 testing is considered a laboratory and must be certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). View this quick-start guide to learn how your facility can apply to be CLIA certified.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 10/09/2020    Date Last Modified: Oct 9 2020 5:44PM  
CMS Launches National Training Program to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a scenario-based training, the CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management. The training includes five specific modules designed for frontline clinical staff and 10 designed for nursing home management. The training features the most recent lessons learned from nursing homes and teaches frontline staff best practices they can implement to address issues related to COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 08/26/2020    Date Last Modified: Aug 26 2020 9:37AM  
State Partnerships to Support COVID-19 Prevention and Response in Nursing Homes
This presentation provides an overview of the different activities and resources that state Healthcare-associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance prevention programs and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations offer to assist nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Web link    Date Added: 07/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 10 2020 5:39PM  
Video: Five Things About Nursing Homes During COVID-19
Watch this five-minute video from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to learn what the agency is doing to stop the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes.
Video    Date Added: 07/09/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 9 2020 6:39PM  
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  
CMS Announces Changes to Reporting Requirements Related to Staffing and Quality Measures
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to end the emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal system by Aug. 14, 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/25/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 25 2020 5:44PM  
New Data Details COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries
Read this news release from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that gives more information about the total number of reported novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases and hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries between Jan. 1 and May 16, 2020.
Web link    Date Added: 06/22/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 22 2020 10:18PM  
CMS Announces Membership of Independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the MITRE Corporation has published the membership of the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.
Web link    Date Added: 06/22/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 22 2020 10:50PM  
Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Home Residents and Patients
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed Medicare Administrative Contractors and notified Medicare Advantage plans to cover coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) laboratory tests for nursing home residents and patients.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/22/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 22 2020 10:53PM  
National Nursing Home Training Series
The National Nursing Home Training Series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the QIO Program. Locate upcoming webinars, view previous webinar recordings, slides and download other resources.
Web link    Date Added: 06/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 15 2020 7:14PM  
Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspections Results Available on Nursing Home Compare
View this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' webpage for more information and links to additional related resources.
Web link    Date Added: 06/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 11 2020 5:49PM  
CMS Memo: June 1, 2020
Read this memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that provides guidance to states on COVID-19 survey activities, CARES Act funding, enhanced enforcement for infection control deficiencies and quality improvement activities in nursing homes.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 2 2020 7:19PM  
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  
Long Term Care Infection Control Worksheet
Use this worksheet comprised of both regulatory requirements and best practices in infection prevention and control to help create an improved infection prevention and control program.
Web link    Date Added: 05/19/2020    Date Last Modified: May 19 2020 5:56PM  
Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials
Visit this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' webpage to learn more information.
Web link    Date Added: 05/18/2020    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 6:11PM  
Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a toolkit to help nursing homes manage and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in their facilities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/13/2020    Date Last Modified: May 13 2020 5:27PM  
New Guidance Available on Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
Read this announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for more information about updated reporting requirements.
Web link    Date Added: 05/12/2020    Date Last Modified: May 12 2020 5:33PM  
Letter From CMS Administrator to Nursing Home Workers
Read this letter of gratitude from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to nursing home management and staff.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/12/2020    Date Last Modified: May 12 2020 4:19PM  
Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services Video
Watch this 24-minute video from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that provides updated answers to common questions about the expanded Medicare telehealth services benefit during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Web link    Date Added: 05/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 6:04PM  
Long-Term Care Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Read this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) fact sheet to learn about a range of the flexibilities, including but not limited to, allowing non-skilled nursing facilities (SNF) or nursing homes to be temporarily certified as available for use by a SNF or nursing home in the event COVID-19 positive residents need to be isolated.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/08/2020    Date Last Modified: May 7 2020 7:13PM  
CMS Memo: Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
Read this memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to learn about reporting requirements for nursing homes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/07/2020    Date Last Modified: May 7 2020 6:21PM  
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing
Several changes in the interim final rule with comment period allow additional Medicare payment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued FAQs addressing Medicare fee-for-service billing issues.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/07/2020    Date Last Modified: May 7 2020 8:09PM  
CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes
Read this press release from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to learn more about the new independent commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Web link    Date Added: 05/01/2020    Date Last Modified: May 1 2020 2:28PM  
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  
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  
CMS Announces New Nursing Homes COVID-19 Transparency Effort
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. In addition, CMS will require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 20 2020 11:07PM  
COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios
On April 13, 2020, CMS released supplemental information for transferring or discharging residents between facilities for the purpose of cohorting residents based on COVID-19 status.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2020 9:36AM  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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' 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  
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's COVID-19 Webinar for Nursing Homes
Listen to the recording and read the transcipt of this April 8, 2020, CMS webinar for nursing homes during COVID-19 emergency.
ZIP archive    Date Added: 04/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 30 2020 9:10AM  
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  
How to Make Your Own Face Covering
This is a 45-second video demonstration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:06AM  
CDC Launches New Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report
The report, updated each Friday, summarizes and interprets key indicators, including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:15AM  
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  
CDC Update for Rural Health Partners, Stakeholders and Communities on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response
This April 8, 2020, webinar by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided a COVID-19 update for rural health partners.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:18AM  
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  
Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
Answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about cloth face coverings
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:03AM  
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators
This CDC document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) in health care settings when there is limited supply.
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: May 5 2020 1:39PM  
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  
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to wear a cloth face covering
Web link    Date Added: 04/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 1 2020 10:03AM  
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  
Long-Term Care Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
CMS released these new changes on April 29, 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 9:02AM  
COVID-19 Long-Term Care (LTC) Surveyor Training
This is a brief training related to a focused COVID-19 survey for nursing home surveyors.
Web link    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 6 2020 10:56AM  
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  
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  
CMS News: March 23, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced findings at Kirkland Nursing Home and new targeted plan for health care facility inspections in light of COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 03/23/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 11:43AM  
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  
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  
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  
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 Announces New Measures to Protect Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19
On March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced critical new measures designed to keep America’s nursing home residents safe from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Web link    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 9:12AM  
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 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 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.
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Visiting Loved Ones in a Nursing Home (Spanish)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued updated guidance for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency. CMS has released this document to further explain the expanded visitation options.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/17/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 17 2021 3:39PM