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August 6, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1737-F] for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the value-based purchasing program for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The rule included...
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July 30, 2020
Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a new COVID-19 relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) . The bill includes proposals to have the Department of Health and Human...
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July 30, 2020
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relaxed requirements for a limited number of laboratory tests required for a COVID-19 diagnosis. These tests do not require a practitioner...
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July 23, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the deadline for eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations to submit information and apply for funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act...
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July 23, 2020
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). New Funding The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will...
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July 23, 2020
The Physician Compare preview period is open through August 20 at 8:00 PM ET. Preview your 2018 Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on the Physician Compare website profile pages and in the Downloadable Database. Access...
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July 17, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding the next edition of its Comprehensive National Nursing Home Training Series this Tuesday, July 21, at 4:00 PM ET. It is open to nursing home leaders, clinical and administrative staff...
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July 16, 2020
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a targeted approach to provide additional resources to nursing homes in COVID-19 hotspot areas. Specifically, CMS plans to: Deploy Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs)...
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July 16, 2020
You are invited to complete a Telehealth Impact Study Provider Questionnaire by clicking on the link below. The study has been approved by the Mayo Clinic IRB and is part of the efforts in the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition* to address the pandemic...
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July 16, 2020
The National Governors Association (NGA) released an updated memo and table of state actions summarizing COVID-19 response strategies for populations receiving long-term care. NGA also released a briefing on COVID-19 testing in long-term care...