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April 23, 2020

There is still an opportunity to ensure that members of Congress hear about the importance of immunity for pandemic responders. Protect Patients Now needs your help to protect patients and the health care providers who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Health care professionals and facilities are putting themselves at risk each day while...

Policy Snapshot
April 23, 2020

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided additional information about allocation of the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. This updated information is available here

On April 10, an initial $30 billion was allocated to clinicians and facilities based on their proportion of Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service spending in 2019. HHS is now adding an additional $20...

Policy Snapshot
April 16, 2020

Congress is working on another stimulus package to help during the pandemic. We have heard from many of our members about the shortages of personal protective equipment, lack of rapid response testing, and no coordinated plans to deal with surges in various states. We must make sure that PALTC practitioners working in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and other settings are prioritized for these items. Please urge Congress to make PALTC a priority! Click here to take action.

Policy Snapshot
April 16, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new waivers for providers in response to COVID-19 . Below are some key waivers for the Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities (SNFs/NFs) setting:

  • Physician Visits in SNFs/NFs: CMS is waiving the requirement in 42 CFR 483.30 for physicians and non-physician practitioners to perform in-person visits for nursing home residents and allow visits to be conducted, as appropriate, via telehealth options.
  • Physician Services: CMS is providing relief to long-term care facilities related to provision
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Policy Snapshot
April 16, 2020

Recently the Society, along with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), urged Congress not to lose focus on older Americans during their new stimulus package work. The groups’ recommendations to Congress included the “urgent need for Congress to ensure that vulnerable older populations, and all health care and social service workers receive sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). The workers needing PPE include direct care workers, long term services and support providers, mental health providers, aging network and senior housing providers – who provide on-site, or...

Policy Snapshot
April 16, 2020

Last week the Society, along with the American Medical Association and other national organizations, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly recommending that CMS ensure that Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP) participation is voluntary, create a transition period, focus on measures that are meaningful to physicians, promote the use of new and innovative health information technology, dramatically reduce reporting burden by streamlining reporting, and ensure there are appropriate incentives for physicians to report on...

Policy Snapshot
April 16, 2020

On April 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule [CMS-1737-P] for FY 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the quality programs for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). This proposed rule is part of the agency’s continuing efforts to strengthen the Medicare program by better aligning payment rates for these facilities with the costs of providing care and increasing transparency so that patients are able to make informed choices. 

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Policy Snapshot
April 10, 2020

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Congress is working on another stimulus package to help during the pandemic. We have heard from many of our members about the shortages of personal protective equipment, lack of rapid response testing, and no coordinated plans to deal with surges in various states. We must make sure that PALTC practitioners working in skilled...

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April 10, 2020

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering multiple flexibilities to provide relief to clinicians responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to extending the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission deadline to April 30 at 8 PM ET, the MIPS automatic...