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CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines now set for all states

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. And CMS issued the last deadlines, for Texas providers, on Jan. 20. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS […]

COVID-19 public health emergency extended into spring 2022

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has renewed the public health emergency for another 90 days, effective Jan. 16, 2022. The move extends current PHE waivers. It no longer impacts the implementation of OASIS-E. After a delay, CMS now expects providers to begin using the new assessment tool in January 2023. See the renewal […]

CMS Vaccine Mandate: Deadlines set for states impacted by court decision

Medicare and Medicaid providers in the 24 states involved in the court challenges at the center of the Supreme Court decision on January 13 now have fresh deadlines to implement their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In a message to surveyors Jan. 14, 2022, CMS issued new 30- and 60-day deadlines for compliance for agencies in Alabama, […]

Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court will allow a CMS rule mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees of certified Medicare and Medicaid health care providers to move ahead, granting a stay of injunctions brought in two lower courts hearing challenges to the rule. The CMS rule requires agencies to put policies and procedures in place for employee vaccination […]

CMS sets new deadlines for vaccine mandate compliance

CMS is moving ahead with employee vaccine requirements in states and territories where the policy has not been enjoined by the courts. According to updated guidance, agencies are expected to have implemented phase 1 of the policy by Jan. 27, 2022, with full compliance expected by Feb. 28, 2022. The public comment period for the […]

CMS launches awareness campaign for VBID’s Hospice Benefit Component

CMS is raising awareness of the Hospice Benefit Component of the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model. As noted in the MLN Connects for Dec. 23, 2021, when a Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollee elects hospice, Fee-for-Service Medicare becomes responsible for covering and paying for most services, while the MA plan remains responsible for certain services like […]

Reminder: No RAPs for periods starting in 2022

The home health Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are reminding providers that RAPs, formerly a request for anticipated payment, should not be submitted for periods of care that begin on or after Jan. 1, 2022. New admissions or patients continuing care in 2022 require a one-time Notice of Admission (NOA). From the MACs: “Until the January […]

CMS encouraging booster shots for beneficiaries

People with Medicare should get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, says CMS officials in a news release Dec. 2, 2021. CMS noted it is sending a letter to Medicare beneficiaries encouraging them to get a booster shot as soon as possible. They’re also rolling out reminders through advertising campaigns and telephone and email […]

CMS delays PECOS multi-Factor authentication requirement

CMS delayed implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) until Jan. 10, 2022, according to the latest MLN Connects newsletter. PECOS will use the same multi-factor method as the Identity & Access Management System (I&A). Users who have set up MFA in I&A won’t need to do additional setup […]

CMS issues reminder on skilled nursing and therapy services in home health

CMS is reminding providers that Medicare covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under the home health benefit when a beneficiary needs skilled care to maintain function or to prevent or slow decline. The reminder was included in the weekly MLN Connects newsletter on Dec. 2, 2021. To qualify for skilled care, the beneficiary […]