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HHS Expands Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund Eligibility

On October 22, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include additional provider applicants, including residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers who have not yet received PRF distributions. Regardless of whether or not they accept … Read more HHS Expands Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund Eligibility

HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Distribution Reporting Requirements

On October 22, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had updated its final reporting guidance originally published in September. The update includes clarification that, for purposes of relief payment for lost revenues attributable to COVID-19, recipients must submit information showing a negative change in year-over-year net patient care operating … Read more HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Distribution Reporting Requirements

Hospitals Must Ensure that Patients Can Exercise Religious Rights

On October 20, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had resolved two religious discrimination complaints concerning clergy access to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, complainants alleged that hospitals had denied requests for clergy to have access to hospital patients to administer … Read more Hospitals Must Ensure that Patients Can Exercise Religious Rights

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Kentucky Publishes Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

On October 16, 2020, the Kentucky Department of Public Health published a first draft vaccination plan for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Kentucky’s local health departments and provider organizations as it becomes available in late 2020 or in 2021. The draft vaccination plan considers the phases of vaccination set out by the Centers for … Read more Kentucky Publishes Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

CMS to Allow Pharmacies to Direct Bill for SNF COVID-19 Vaccinations

On October 16, 2020, CMS announced that it will allow Medicare-enrolled immunizers, including, but not limited to, U.S. pharmacies, to bill and receive direct reimbursement from the Medicare program for vaccinating Medicare beneficiaries residing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).  In absence of the exercise of such discretion, the Social Security Act’s Consolidated Billing Provisions would … Read more CMS to Allow Pharmacies to Direct Bill for SNF COVID-19 Vaccinations

CMS Releases Supplement to State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit

On October 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced  the release of a new supplement to its State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth, COVID-19 Version.  This toolkit contains helpful examples and insights into lessons learned from various states that have implemented telehealth changes.  … Read more CMS Releases Supplement to State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit

CMS Expands Services Covered Under Telehealth

On October 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced  the addition of 11 new telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services.  Medicare will begin immediately paying practitioners who furnish these newly added telehealth services and will continue during … Read more CMS Expands Services Covered Under Telehealth

Growing Concerns About Changes to COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund

In our September 25 post titled “HHS Publishes Reporting Requirements for Provider Relief Fund Recipients and Changes Lost Revenue Calculation,” we reported on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) new Post-Payment Reporting Requirements applicable to providers who received payments of more than $10,000 from the Provider Relief Fund and changes to the lost … Read more Growing Concerns About Changes to COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund

Restrictions on Use of Provider Relief Fund Distributions

On October 9, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions.  Among these FAQs, HHS stated that it was not permissible to use Provider Relief Fund distributions to repay payments made under the CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program.

CMS Incentives for Faster COVID-19 Tests

On October 15, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced  incentives to encourage faster high throughput COVID-19 diagnostic tests.  Effective January 1, 2021, Medicare will pay $100 to laboratories that complete COVID-19 diagnostic tests within two days of the specimen being collected while laboratories that take longer than two days to complete … Read more CMS Incentives for Faster COVID-19 Tests

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