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COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

April 29, 2020

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As part of the ongoing White House Coronavirus Task Force efforts, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies have issued several resource documents, refocused activities related to state survey agencies and accrediting organizations, and taken other related actions. Key updates from this past week include:

The agency has suspended the Advance Payment Program for Medicare Part B providers and suppliers and is reevaluating the Accelerated Payment Program.

CMS released a Medicaid and CHIP telehealth toolkit to provide states with additional information to transition more care to the virtual setting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Providers receiving funds from the Provider Relief Fund second wave of allocated money ($20B) must submit their most recent IRS tab filings and estimates of lost revenues for March and April 2020.

The portal is now open for providers to apply for reimbursement for COVID-19 testing and treatment for the uninsured.

CMS issued guidance for licensed independent freestanding emergency departments to participate in Medicare and Medicaid during the public health emergency.

This resources provides an updated list of blanket waivers enacted by CMS for the duration of the current public health emergency.

An inventory of these documents and more is available here: McDermottPlus COVID Guidance Tracker

CMS is documenting its COVID-19 activities on their Current Emergencies website.

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 emerging issues through the McDermottPlus Coronavirus Resource Center or the McDermott, Will & Emery Coronavirus Resource Center.

 

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For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459/smadhani@mcdermottplus.com, Mara McDermott at 202-204-1462/mmcdermott@mcdermottplus.com or Rachel Stauffer at 202-204-1460/rstauffer@mcdermottplus.com.

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