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April 28, 2020 | Daily News

Nursing homes’ emergence as a key COVID-19 hotspot has put long-term care facilities in policy makers’ crosshairs, but with competing targets: The government and Congress are responding to the industry’s call for additional resources and regulatory flexibility to respond to the immediate crisis, yet Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) holds up COVID-19 as all the more reason to hike federal oversight of nursing homes.

April 27, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Sunday (April 26) suspended the advance payments it had been making to providers to help them manage declining revenues during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that financial relief will now come primarily from the $175 billion recently appropriated by Congress.

April 27, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Sunday (April 26) suspended the advance payments it had been making to help doctors and other health care workers manage declining revenues during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that financial relief will now come primarily from the $175 billion recently appropriated by Congress.

April 24, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Thursday (April 23) approved CMS’ plan to survey hospitals on their 340B drug acquisition costs, and stakeholders expect the agency will use the data to justify Medicare cuts to 340B drug reimbursement in the 2021 hospital outpatient rule if a lawsuit over existing cuts doesn’t go CMS’ way.

April 24, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers and the Trump administration are encouraging Medicare Part D and Medicaid plans to find ways to limit trips to the pharmacy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed an emergency spending package on Thursday (April 23) that includes $75 billion for providers, which the president is expected to sign into law.

April 23, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (April 23) announced that it is awarding $631 million in grants to 64 state and local jurisdictions, which the administration says will help their efforts to relax social distancing guidelines.

April 23, 2020 | Daily News

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are pressing CMS to go further with relief for accountable care organizations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and waive the providers’ losses they might otherwise have to repay -- a step that the National Association of ACOs has urged both Congress and CMS to consider.

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

HHS will begin distributing an additional $40 billion in CARES Act relief funds to providers in the coming days, with $10 billion allocated for hospitals in areas that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus and another $10 billion reserved for rural hospitals and clinics, the department announced Wednesday (April 22).

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

HHS’ program to reimburse providers for the treatment and testing of uninsured patients with COVID-19 is moving forward, as the Health Resources and Services Administration released initial guidance, a timeline and eligibility instructions.

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicare Trustees, in a report out Wednesday (April 22), still estimate that the Part A trust fund will be depleted in 2026 -- though senior administration officials said that doesn’t take into account the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to hurt the trust fund as less revenue will be coming in.

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) gave nearly $165 million to help rural hospitals and telehealth resource centers combat COVID-19, which can be used by facilities to buy personal protective gear, increase testing and take other actions to respond to COVID-19.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will put off enforcing certain aspects of their interoperability rules, which were finalized in early March, saying resources need to be focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration told the Supreme Court on Monday (April 20) that the so-called public charge rule should remain in effect during the coronavirus pandemic, despite concerns of some state and local officials who say the rule is deterring immigrants from getting tested or treated for the virus.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate passed by voice vote an emergency spending package totaling $484 billion, including $75 billion for providers on Tuesday (April 21).

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate is poised to vote on a $475 billion coronavirus relief package Tuesday afternoon that includes $75 billion for providers as well as funding to replenish a program that helps employees of small businesses.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (April 20) announced it will give providers credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System for participating in clinical trials of drugs to treat COVID-19 -- and that credit will count heavily toward their MIPS score.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

Congress hopes to pass a bill this week replenishing funds from the CARES Act, including providing $75 billion in funding for hospitals and health systems and refunding the Paycheck Protection Program.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS late Sunday (April 19) said it will require nursing homes to report suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as notify families and patients -- a move nursing homes applauded even as they continue to call for more personal protective equipment.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (April 20) said CMS expects to release data on COVID-19 outcomes, race and ethnicity in early May once the agency has claims from April with COVID-19 codes.

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