Medicare, Medicaid & Private Payor Updates

COVID-19 – New FAQs and Toolkits for Telehealth & Medicare Provider Enrollment

(March 27, 2020): Liles Parker published an article covering CMS’ blanket waiver of certain telehealth requirements on March 16, 2020, with an updated version posted March 17, 2020.[1] This article covers developments since March 17, 2020 related to CMS telehealth requirements and provider enrollment activities in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, as well …

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DOJ is Aggressively Investigating Allegations of Wrongdoing Related to COVID-19 Fraud and the Current National Emergency

(March 27, 2019):  We live in trying times.  As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has spread both globally and throughout the United States, the government has taken a number of steps to address the current pandemic.  On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump officially declared that the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a national emergency.[1]  Within 72 hours …

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Small Business Administration Releases Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program for COVID-19

(March 26, 2020): The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) announced an Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program on March 25, 2020.[1]   The Express Bridge Loans are available to businesses, including health care providers, to provide economic relief for businesses impacted by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) while they await long-term disaster financing.[2]   I.   Background: The Express …

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Lab Testing Guidance for COVID-19

(Updated March 31, 2020): On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a National Emergency[1] related to the current Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak.  The declaration gives Secretary Alex Azar of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) the power to waive certain Federal requirements in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP in order to address the …

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Section 1135 Waiver Issues and COVID-19

(March 25, 2020):  On January 31, 2020, Secretary Alex Azar, of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), used his authority under the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency in the United States.[1] Secretary Azar determined that a public health emergency had existed nationwide since January 27, 2020. Subsequently, …

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COVID-19 Outbreak Update – Two Recent Updates From CMS Affecting Relief From Quality Reporting Requirements, And New Targeted Plan For Healthcare Facility Inspections Including Provider-Self Assessment Tool For Infection Control

(March 25, 2020): As our clients and all members of the health care community are acutely aware, the challenges raised by the Coronavirus /  COVID-19 outbreak are critical and widespread.  Because of these challenges, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other principal operating components of the United States Department of Health and Human …

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COVID-19 SBA Loan Support May be Available for Qualified Health Care Providers

(March 25, 2020):  The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers loans to small businesses through community lenders.  The SBA acts as guarantor for these loans. In addition to the traditional lending, the SBA is also authorized to offer disaster assistance to businesses, renters, and homeowners who are located in regions with “declared disasters.”[1]  Small businesses impacted …

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Coronavirus Update – HHS & CMS Guidance, Directives and Waivers with Respect to Telemedicine, Provider Enrollment Regulations, Claim Appeals, the Suspension of Non-Emergency Survey Inspections, Nursing Homes, Home Health Agencies, Dialysis Facilities and DME Suppliers.

UPDATED (March 17, 2020): CMS just announced a waiver of certain telehealth coverage requirements so that Medicare beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. The article below has been updated to address these key takeaways. (March 16, 2020): On March 13, 2020, President …

Coronavirus Update – HHS & CMS Guidance, Directives and Waivers with Respect to Telemedicine, Provider Enrollment Regulations, Claim Appeals, the Suspension of Non-Emergency Survey Inspections, Nursing Homes, Home Health Agencies, Dialysis Facilities and DME Suppliers. Read More »

Responding to a Medicare Revocation Action Effective Prior to November 4, 2019

(UPDATE:  March 9, 2020):  A Medicare revocation action can destroy the financial viability of your practice.  Moreover, effective November 4, 2019, the reasons for which a health care provider or supplier may have its Medicare billing privileges revoked have greatly expanded. Our article titled “42 CFR Sec. 424.535(a) Medicare Revocation Actions — Your Medicare Billing Privileges …

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42 CFR Sec. 424.535(a) Medicare Revocation Actions — Your Medicare Billing Privileges Can be Revoked For a Host of New Reasons. Are You Facing a Medicare Revocation Action? If so, You Must Act Fast to Preserve Your Appeal Rights.

(March 9, 2020):   Last September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule titled “Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process.”  The Final Rule under 42 CFR Sec. 424.535(a) was published in order to implement sections 1866(j)(5) and 1902(kk)(3) of the Social Security …

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