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It's Time! It's the Season!
Based on a presentation given on the topic, this video discusses the need to prepare for the flu season and to educate staff and patients about why it's important that they get their vaccines.
Video    Date Added: 09/19/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 19 2022 3:40PM  
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  
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  
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  
CMS Updates to Nursing Home Visitation FAQs
Download this latest version of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Nursing Home Visitation FAQs, which were updated Feb. 2, 2022, with information about testing visitors for COVID-19, improving air flow and air quality in facilities and funding available for environmental changes, which could potentially reduce transmission of COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 3 2022 12:18PM  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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