Tag: CARES Act

HHS Announces Distribution from PRF to Medicaid Providers

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s ...

CMS May Take Back CARES Funding if Nursing Home Inspection Rates Do Not Improve

In response to low inspection rates, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced they are taking a series of steps to address inspection rate deficiencies and other challenges facing nursing homes in their response to COVID-19....

COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

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 o...

House Introduces $3 Trillion Funding Bill

On May 12, 2020, the House Democrats released a fifth emergency funding bill in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. This $3 trillion bill funds a wide range of in...

Providers Now Have 45 Days to Attest to Payments and Accept Terms and Conditions

On May 7, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced providers who receive funds from the Provider Relief Fund now have 45 days to attest to receiving payment and accept certain terms and conditions. Previously, providers had 3...

Agencies Release Data Detailing the Distribution of COVID-19 Support Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released new data providing additional details in how federal financial supports have been distributed to providers throughout the country...

COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

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 o...

MACPAC Urges HHS to Provide Relief to Medicaid Providers

On April 30, the Medicare and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the Administrator to speed relief to Medicaid providers across the nation. This is the second letter th...

Emergency Fund and Paycheck Protection Program Receive Additional Funding Through Fourth COVID Legislation

On Friday, April 24, 2020, the fourth Coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus bill, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266), was signed into law. It provides an additional $310 billion for small business loans available thr...

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee Launches Fund Tracker Site

Established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) has launched a site to track how the $2.4 trillion in federal dollars are being distributed to support industries acr...

COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

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 o...

Telehealth Roundup: Resources, Flexibilities and Funding Opportunities

Leveraging the use of telehealth technologies has become a critical component of ensuring beneficiaries receive necessary care while protecting both healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19. This past week there have been a number of telehealth-...

CMS Announces Plan to Reprocess IPPS and LTCH Claims for 20% Increase for COVID Discharges

On April 15, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans for reprocessing Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) hospitals and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) claims to account for payment increases for COVID-19 d...

HHS Distributes $30 Billion to FFS Medicare Providers

On April 10, 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distributing $30 billion from the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) providers. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, an...

Main Street Lending Program Offers Loans to Small and Midsize Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced the Main Street Lending Program for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will offer 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billi...

CMS Approves $51 Billion in Accelerated and Advance Payments

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they had distributed more than $51 billion in advanced payments to healthcare providers. This is an increase from the first week of the expanded program when it was announced t...

HHS Announces Plan to Use $1 billion from CARES Act Funding to Treat Uninsured COVID-19 Patients

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday, April 3, 2020, during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force that Administration’s current plan is to use a portion of the $100 billion CARES Act funding to...

Congress passes CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act represents the third largest stimulus bill passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with $2 trillion in allocatio...