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CMS Enhances COVID-19 Add-on Payment for New Treatments

Previously, on November 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period, titled “Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID–19 [Public Health Emergency,” in which CMS established the New COVID-19 Treatments Add-on Payment (NCTAP) under the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).  On … Read more CMS Enhances COVID-19 Add-on Payment for New Treatments

Beshear’s Recommendations for Holiday Gatherings

On December 11, 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-1034 rescinding previous mass gathering orders and replacing them with recommendations for holiday gatherings. It limits private social gatherings to a maximum of two households and a maximum of eight people.  This Executive Order is effective December 14, 2020.   Other measures from prior executive orders … Read more Beshear’s Recommendations for Holiday Gatherings

Phase 3 Distributions From Provider Relief Fund Rolling Out

 On December 16, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that effective immediately it will be distributing $24.5 billion to roughly 70,000 in response to provider applications for funds from Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund. According to HHS, these distributions should satisfy close to 90% of each applicant’s reported … Read more Phase 3 Distributions From Provider Relief Fund Rolling Out

Kentucky Cabinet Updates COVID-19 Provider Reporting Guidance

On December 11, 2020, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services updated guidance requiring all Kentucky healthcare providers to report all positive COVID-19 laboratory tests to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The updated guidance addresses the requirement for reporting of positive results from at-home testing kits. In these cases, the laboratory performing the … Read more Kentucky Cabinet Updates COVID-19 Provider Reporting Guidance

CMS Publishes Resources on Healthcare Provider Stress and Resilience and Crisis Standards of Care Studies

On December 17, 2020, CMS published a collection of resources pertaining to healthcare worker mental health and resilience in the age of COVID-19. These articles are aimed at helping providers to: (a) understand acute and chronic stressors in the healthcare work population, (b) identify at-risk employees, and (c) implement practices for building resiliency. A webinar … Read more CMS Publishes Resources on Healthcare Provider Stress and Resilience and Crisis Standards of Care Studies

Kentucky Department of Public Health Provides Guidance on Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortage Strategies

On December 4, 2020, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) published guidance on Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guidance seeks to help Kentucky healthcare providers address staffing shortages due to high rates of COVID-positive or exposed healthcare staff. The guidance offers strategies and a checklist on contingency … Read more Kentucky Department of Public Health Provides Guidance on Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortage Strategies

Additional Guidance on Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

As we previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in November that it would cover monoclonal antibody therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat COVID-19 patients. On December 9, 2020, CMS posted updates to its COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare FFS Billing about coverage and payment for monoclonal antibodies … Read more Additional Guidance on Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

Kentucky’s Public Health Restrictions and Recommendations

On December 10, 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the following public health restrictions and recommendations, effective December 14th: All public and private middle and high schools will continue remote instruction until Jan. 4, 2021. Elementary schools can return to in-person learning once their county is out of the red zone. Restaurants and bars can … Read more Kentucky’s Public Health Restrictions and Recommendations

CMS Finalizes Policies that Phase Out Inpatient-Only Procedures and Expand ASC Options

On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized policy changes in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) final rules which will phase out inpatient-only procedures over the next three years, allowing CMS for the first time to reimburse for those procedures on an outpatient basis. In … Read more CMS Finalizes Policies that Phase Out Inpatient-Only Procedures and Expand ASC Options

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