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Loneliness and Social Isolation — Tips for Staying Connected
Do you know the difference between feeling lonely and feeling socially isolated? Do you know what to do to help yourself or a loved one who might feel lonely or socially isolated? The National Institute on Aging lists tips to stay connected.
Web link    Date Added: 04/16/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 16 2021 11:48AM  
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  
Learn How Telehealth Can Help You Stay Healthy
As COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more available, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encourages individuals to contact their doctor to talk about getting vaccinated, scheduling any missed appointments and talking about other health care needs, including preventive care, screenings, and mental health services, as well as using telehealth services when appropriate.
Web link    Date Added: 03/29/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 29 2021 3:40PM  
How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family
View these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn ways to listen without judgement and speak with your family and friends about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 03/22/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 23 2021 12:29PM  
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  
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  
Localities to Receive $250 Million in an Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health will offer the funding as health literacy grants to localities, who will partner with community-based organizations, to reach racial and ethnic minority, rural and other vulnerable populations.
Web link    Date Added: 03/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:22PM  
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  
What You Need to Know Now about Medicare Fraud and the COVID-19 Vaccine
Medicare beneficiaries, their family members and caregivers should read this handout with more information to stop Medicare fraud, especially as it relates to receiving a vaccination for COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/05/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 5 2021 6:15PM  
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  
Re-Opening America: What Patients Should Know About Seeking Health Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a guide for patients and Medicare beneficiaries to use to help make informed choices as they begin to seek non-emergency treatments.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 10 2020 5:22PM  
What is immediate advocacy and how does it help people with Medicare?
Please visit this Medicare Quality Improvement Organization site for beneficiary- and family-centered care information for providers, patients and families.
Web link    Date Added: 05/12/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 4:43PM  
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  
Telehealth Benefits in Medicare Are a Lifeline for Patients During Coronavirus Outbreak
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a fact sheet with additional guidance for health care providers and patients about the telehealth benefits in the agency’s Medicare program.
Web link    Date Added: 03/27/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 9:23AM  
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 Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak
On March 17, 2020, CMS expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that enables beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility.
Web link    Date Added: 03/26/2020    Date Last Modified: May 20 2020 10:06AM  
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 Publishes FAQs to Ensure Individuals, Issuers and States Have Clear Information on Coverage Benefits for COVID-19
The purpose of these FAQs is to provide guidance to Americans enrolled in individual or small group market health plans, including HealthCare.gov consumers.
Web link    Date Added: 03/13/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 9:10AM  
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