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June 8, 2020 - Medicare Clawback Update: CY 2020 Savings, CY 2021 Estimates

March 26, 2020 - FMAP Update: Guidance on COVID-19 Increase; FY 2022 FMAP Projections


Agency News and Guidance

June 26, 2020 - CMS Posts Revised CY 2020 Medicare Clawback Rates

The revisions reflect the temporary increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). For more details, see FFIS Issue Brief 20-15.

June 24, 2020 - CMS Releases FAQs on Nursing Home Visitation

June 23, 2020 - CMS Posts Medicare COVID-19 Data

The snapshot breaks down COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations by state, race/ethnicity, age, gender, dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid, and urban/rural locations.

June 19, 2020 - CMS Announces Membership of Independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

June 18, 2020 - MACPAC Releases Report on Countercyclical Financing Adjustments in Medicaid

The report provides background information and discusses the current pandemic using a range of potential enrollment scenarios to show the extent to which the current FMAP increase will offset the costs of additional Medicaid enrollment and what additional support might be needed.

June 11, 2020 - CMS Releases FAQs to Clarify Guidance, Flexibilities for Non Long-Term Care Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities

June 11, 2020 - CMS Addresses Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Retain Federal Stimulus Checks

Nursing homes that fail to comply could be subject to federal enforcement actions, including potential termination from participation in Medicare and Medicaid.

June 9, 2020 - MACPAC Catalogs Changes in Medicaid Telehealth Policies Due to COVID-19

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) report provides state-specific information on policy changes.

June 4, 2020 - CMS Posts Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspections Results

CMS also released a memorandum to state officials on the data.

June 1, 2020 - CMS Updates Toolkit for States to Mitigate COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

June 2, 2020 - CMS Issues Options, Implementation Details on Covering COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured

The Medicaid state option was included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and covers testing and testing-related services.

June 1, 2020 - CMS Unveils Enhanced Enforcement Actions for Nursing Homes

The announcement includes new accountability measures based on recent data. It notes that the additional $80 million included in the CARES Act for states to increase surveys will be allocated using performance-based metrics and allocations could be reduced if surveys aren’t performed by certain deadlines.

May 18, 2020 - CMS Issues Guidance to States on Reopening Nursing Homes

May 14, 2020 - CMS Releases Guidance on Medicaid Managed Care Options in Responding to COVID-19

May 13, 2020 - CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

May 6, 2020 - CMS Releases Guidance and FAQs on New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for Nursing Homes and Long-term Care Facilities

April 30, 2020 - CMS Releases Details on CARES Act Financial Guidance to State Survey Agencies

Of the $100 million appropriated in the CARES Act, CMS expects to provide states with $81 million for spending through September 30, 2023.

April 29, 2020 - CMS Releases Fact Sheet on Additional Flexibilities in Medicaid and Basic Health Program

The Medicaid flexibilities focus on laboratory services and home health expansions.

April 24, 2020 - CMS Releases Nursing Home Rating System Updates, Staff Counts, and FAQs

April 23, 2020 - CMS Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use in Medicaid and CHIP

April 21, 2020 - CMS Allows Independent Freestanding Emergency Departments to Provide Care to Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries During COVID-10

April 21, 2020 - CMS Releases Updated Guidance for Plan Issuers on Prior Authorization, CARES Act Implementation

April 14, 2020 - CMS Posts FAQs on Programs of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE)

April 14, 2020 - CMS Providers Additional Information on Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios

April 13, 2020 - CMS Updates Medicaid and CHIP FAQs on CARES Act and Family First Coronavirus Response Act

The guidance covers the emergency period, the new optional eligibility group, testing and diagnostic services, the increased Medicaid matching rate, implications for other programs, and other topics.

April 13, 2020 - CMS Posts Audio of All State Call on FAQ Document

April 2, 2020 - CMS Provides Additional Guidance on Medicaid Telehealth

The guidance identifies opportunities to increase access to services, including substance use disorder treatment.

April 2, 2020 - CMS Provides COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance

The guidance includes recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

March 24, 2020 - CMS Posts Guidance on Increased FMAP

March 23, 2020 - CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance

CMS provided details to State Survey Agency Directors on a new inspection process that focuses only on complaint inspections, targeted control inspections, and self-assessments.

March 22, 2020 - CMS Releases Guidance on New Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration

The new demonstrations provide states flexibility when enrolling and serving beneficiaries, including ensuring the elderly or those with disabilities can be served in their homes.

March 22, 2020 - CMS Issues Checklists and Tools for Medicaid, CHIP

The information is intended to make it easier for states to receive federal waivers and implement flexibilities.

March 17, 2020 - CMS Sends Guidance to PACE Organizations

The guidance provides information on policies and standard procedures for PACE organizations.

March 17, 2020 - CMS Issues Medicaid Telehealth Guidance

This guidance outlines options for paying Medicaid providers that use telehealth technology to deliver services.

March 10, 2020 - CMS Issues Fact Sheet Outlining Flexibilities for Healthcare Providers.

March 10, 2020 - CMS Suspends Non-Emergency State Survey Inspections

March 9, 2020 - CMS Releases Guidance on Coronavirus Testing

The memorandum provides guidance on patient screening, treatment, and transfer requirements to hospitals with emergency departments. A fact sheet is available here.

March 5, 2020 - CMS Releases Fact Sheet on Medicaid and CHIP Coverage and Benefits Related to Coronavirus

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Updated July 1, 2020