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Apr 2, 2020 - Pre-publication notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create broad flexibilities for healthcare facilities and providers so that they can adequately provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes details about changes to payment policies and regulations for a variety of services. The regulations are applicable beginning March 1, 2020 and comments will be accepted through June 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved The Joint Commission's application to be recognized as an accrediting organization for home health agencies participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approval is effective March 31, 2020 through March 31, 2026.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission's application to be recognized as an accrediting organization for suppliers of home infusion therapy services participating in the Medicare program. The approval is effective March 27, 2020 through March 27, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 23, 2020 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an additional 11 state Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. The waivers provide regulatory relief and support to help states effectively care for their vulnerable citizens.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 22, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced four new tools to support state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The checklists will permit states to access emergency administrative relief, make temporary modifications to Medicaid eligibility, relax rules, and modify payment rules.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 18, 2020 - President Trump has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency, effective March 1, 2020 and directs the Secretary of the Health and Human Services to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the emergency.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 17, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to all Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that serves older adults that often have serious medical conditions. The guidance offers actionable information with respect to infection control among these populations.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 13, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they will be taking actions to follow the President's declaration of a national emergency through the Stafford Act due to COVID-19. Details administrative actions regarding waivers and flexibilities for healthcare facilities, provider enrollment flexibilities, relief for State Medicaid Agencies, and suspension of enforcement activities.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 6, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Model Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Individual Enrollment Request Form; 2) Reconciliation of State Invoice (ROSI) and Prior Quarter Adjustment Statement (PQAS); and 3) Medicaid Drug Rebate State Reporting Program Forms. Comments are due by April 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 2, 2020 - Opinion article discusses Medicaid policy changes that could address maternal mortality in the U.S. Includes proposals to extend pregnancy-related Medicaid eligibility and expand community-based services to improve birth outcomes, outlines the proposed Pregnancy2Parenthood Plan which aims to be a consistent health plan for all pregnant mothers and infants. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: Health Affairs