Tag: CMS

CMS addresses reopening the health care system in regions with low incidence of COVID-19

New guidance from CMS might help agencies address patient concerns and show providers in the community that your agency is beginning to try to get back to normal operations and are operating within similar parameters, says Robert Markette, an attorney with Indianapolis-based Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. CMS has issued new recommendations concerning communities […]

CMS is working to standardize COVID-19 reporting

In an effort to better track COVID-19 cases in LTCs, CMS is working to implement a standard reporting requirement. “There’s a critical gap in reporting COVID-19 cases nationwide” said Jean Moody-Williams, a CMS spokesperson in a call on April 22. In addition to reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 to CMS and the CDC, LTCs will […]

COVID-19 reporting violations could lead to hefty fines for SNFs

SNFs will soon be required to report all COVID-19 cases to the CDC on a weekly basis, and failure to do so could lead to Civil monetary penalties (CMPs). The CMPs for non-compliant facilities will likely be around $1,000 a week, increasing over time for facilities that don’t comply, explained CMS administrator Seema Verma in […]

CMS releases transfer and discharge guidance for SNFs

CMS has provided supplemental information for transferring and discharging SNF residents based on their COVID-19 status (positive, negative, unknown/under observation). If two SNFs want to band together to transfer residents between facilities to separate COVID-19 positive residents from COVID-19 negative residents, the SNFs do not need any approval to do so. However, if SNFs wish […]

CMS expands ambulance coverage for COVID-19 patients

CMS announced that Medicare will now cover any medically necessary ambulance ride for individuals with COVID-19 from any origin to any destination equipped to treat the patient’s condition. Acceptable destinations include, but are not limited to: Any location that is an alternative site determined to be part of a hospital, Critical Access Hospital (CAH), or […]

CDC urged to publicly tally LTC facilities with COVID-19 cases

A CDC spokesperson announced that over 400 LTC facilities have confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 30, but did not announce the names said facilities. Since the virus first began spreading widely throughout the country, the CDC has not kept a running tally of infected facilities, but has computed the totals at least twice. In […]

CMS rule touches on homebound and telehealth usage for HH and hospice

CMS issued an interim final rule on March 30 that provides some clarification for agencies dealing with the public health emergency. A few key points in the rule: CMS acknowledges that telehealth may be used in home health but that telehealth visits are not billable. In certain cases, a patient who is quarantining at home […]

1135 Medicaid waiver in Florida approved due to COVID-19

With COVID-19 being declared a national emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can waive some requirements in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP with Section 1135 authority, according to a CMS news release. Florida was the first state to submit a Section 1135 waiver request due to COVID-19. CMS approved a wide variety of […]