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March 31, 2020 | Daily News

The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations estimates the COVID-19 pandemic could cost Medicare up to $115.4 billion over the next year, and derail Medicare ACOs.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (March 30) lifted numerous safety rules and other regulations to give hospitals more flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including allowing them to move patients to makeshift off-site locations and reducing the amount of supervision required for certain non-physicians to provide services.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is offering wide-ranging Medicare flexibility for dialysis and ambulance providers as well as oversight audits, and has made it easier for beneficiaries to access respiratory devices like ventilators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (March 30) made sweeping regulatory changes to telehealth, further easing use of telehealth in Medicare by lifting requirements on provider relationships and face-to-face care, as well as expanding telehealth in hospice and home health, to tackle COVID-19.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS will provide emergency funding to Medicare providers by dramatically expanding its accelerated and advance payment program during the COVID-19 emergency, the agency announced Saturday (March 28).

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai on Monday (March 30) proposed using $200 million allocated by Congress for a grant program for hospitals and health system providers aiming to use telehealth in their COVID-19 response.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Monday (March 30) asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to immediately lift a regulation that prevents providers from billing Medicare for audio-only telehealth services.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

A provision in the $2 trillion stimulus law lets hospitals and laboratories set prices on COVID-19 tests, and employers and insurers worry some providers might price gouge and balance bill patients.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate health committees Friday (March 27) said they’ll fight to include in the next stimulus package a number of proposals aimed at expanding access to affordable health insurance and making COVID-19 vaccines and treatments free for all patients.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The HHS Office for Civil Rights on Saturday (March 28) issued a bulletin reminding providers that discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and religion are prohibited in HHS-funded programs, while noting the office has already received several complaints as providers react to COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

CMS’ rule requiring hospitals to disclose their prices does not infringe on hospitals’ First Amendment rights, the agency argues in recent court papers while also dismissing the administrative costs that hospitals will incur to comply with the rule.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27) and it now goes to the president’s desk.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump signed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27), just hours after the House passed it.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

A scenario where payrolls go down and medical costs go up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could significantly shorten the time before the Medicare Part A Trust Fund becomes insolvent, with one expert predicting the fund could become insolvent as soon as 2022.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

Nine national hospital and physician organizations on Thursday (March 26) called on CMS to begin making periodic interim payments to providers to offset revenue losses from delayed procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ask that states do the same under Medicaid.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

CMS must set up an appeals process for certain Medicare beneficiaries who are placed under observation at hospitals rather than designated as inpatients, a federal judge ruled.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

HHS asked governors in a letter Tuesday (March 24) to expand access to providers during the COVID-19 emergency by relaxing provider licensure and supervision requirements, and increasing liability protections.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

340B hospitals are asking CMS to use its regulatory flexibility to delay a proposed Medicare survey of 340B hospitals’ drug acquisition costs and to suspend a controversial Part B pay cut for 340B drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic, among other steps.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

Durable medical equipment suppliers ask CMS to put off competitive bidding for a year in light of concerns around COVID-19, and raise concerns that the addition of non-invasive ventilators to the program will make it difficult for DME providers to supplement hospital care by caring for COVID-19 patients at home -- though the suppliers had opposed that addition prior to the national emergency.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

A draft compromise of lawmakers’ third response to the COVID-19 pandemic circulating on Tuesday (March 24) would fund the so-called health extenders and delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment cuts only through Nov. 30 -- matching policies in House Democrats’ version of the bill, but providing a shorter extension than the Senate GOP's initial plan to extend the funding until 2022 or fiscal 2022.

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