The move comes amid localized spikes in COVID-19 cases occurring nationwide. Federal officials said Friday that they are ending an emergency blanket waiver intended to reduce administrative burden on nursing homes amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) said that effective August 14, nursing…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some guidance within the “Medicare and Medicaid Programs Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” interim final rule (IFR), allowing for remote patient monitoring, or RPM. This type of patient care is very helpful for…
Agencies have implemented legislation guaranteeing coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including antibody testing, and certain related services without cost sharing for enrollees with private health coverage. As coverages and regulations continue to broaden, often on a day-to-day basis, guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic frequently open up additional factors to…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was published on April 15. This update applies to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). The provisions are found…
COVID-19 TalkBack follow-up.  During the Talk Ten Tuesdays weekly Internet radio broadcast last week, we received many questions which we never got to answer. I am going to share some of those answers with you now. Stacey asked, “can nurses charge for telehealth visits?” There are two parts to this…
Latest information comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) information related to COVID-19, effective April 1, 2020. The diagnosis will be a Major Complication Comorbidity (MCC), and grouping will be dependent on the…
Defining Medicare’s chronic care management services. CCM services are generally non-face-to-face services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient. These services are for patients who qualify for ongoing management and surveillance…
March 23, 2020---The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) has clarified its position on the use of swing beds, saying that swing beds can accept patients without a three-day inpatient stay. In a question and answer response to the issue, CMS stated the following: Q. Does waiving the requirement…
The two-day meeting is being held as a webcast event. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week.   The two-day meeting will now be held as a webcast- only event.…
The rule does not set requirements for the privacy and security of the apps and the data they contain.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final interoperability rules were released last week, about a year after the…
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