- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 Homepage
- CMS COVID-19 Healthcare Community Call Recordings/Transcripts
- CMS Disaster Response Toolkit and Guidance for Section 1135 Emergency Waivers
- CMS COVID-19 FAQs for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
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
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
Nursing homes that fail to comply could be subject to federal enforcement actions, including potential termination from participation in Medicare and Medicaid.
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 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 6, 2020 - CMS Releases Guidance and FAQs on New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for Nursing Homes and Long-term Care Facilities
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 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 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 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
Updated July 1, 2020