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


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 25, 2020 - CMS Plans to End Medicare Emergency Blanket Waiver for Nursing Homes

Nursing homes must resume submitting staffing data by August 14. The letter also provides updates related to staffing and quality measures.

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 Releases Guidance on Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Home Residents and Patients

June 19, 2020 - CMS Updates FAQs on Medicare Billing

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

June 17, 2020 - CMS Updates FAQs on Medicare Billing

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 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 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 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 30, 2020 - CMS Updates Quality Payment Program Flexibility Guide

April 24, 2020 - CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program

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

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 15, 2020 - Medicare Increases Payment for High-Production COVID-19 Lab Tests

April 15, 2020 - CMS Implements CARES Act Hospital Payment and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Waivers

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 6, 2020 - CMS Publishes Interim Final Rule on Medicare Provider Flexibility

The interim final rule modifies payment rules and makes programmatic changes during the public health emergency.

April 3, 2020 - CMS Provides Guidance on Temporarily Enrolling Ambulatory Surgical Centers as Hospitals

April 3, 2020 - CMS Releases Video on Medicare Telehealth FAQs

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

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

March 30, 2020 - CMS Announces Several Regulatory Changes for Healthcare System to Address Patient Surge 

March 30, 2020 - CMS Will Make Up-Front Medicare Reimbursements to Providers, Expedite Payments

March 27, 2020 - CMS Releases Telehealth Toolkits for Nursing Homes

March 27, 2020 - CMS Provides Additional Guidance Regarding Flexibility for Deadlines and Exceptions for Medicare Quality Reporting Programs

March 23, 2020 - CMS Releases Telehealth Toolkits for General Practitioners and End-Stage Renal Disease Providers

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 23, 2020 - CMS Releases Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs

March 22, 2020 - CMS Provides Flexibility for Deadlines and Exceptions for Medicare Quality Reporting Programs

March 17, 2020 - CMS Expands Telehealth Access

CMS expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, the Office for Civil Rights announced it will waive potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties for good-faith use of telehealth during the emergency, and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility to reduce or waive cost-sharing.

March 17, 2020 - CMS Sends Guidance to PACE Organizations

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

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

March 9, 2020 - CMS Releases Fact Sheet on Telehealth Benefits

CMS provided additional guidance for health care providers and patients about Medicare telehealth benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.

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 Medicare Coverage and Benefits Related to Coronavirus

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Updated July 1, 2020