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March 24, 2020 | Daily News

A draft coronavirus stimulus compromise circulating Tuesday (March 24) contains the same Medicare and Medicaid provisions the Senate Republicans had in their package that failed a cloture vote over the weekend.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Health Resources and Services Administration on Tuesday (March 24) awarded $100 million in grants to over 1,300 health centers to assist in their COVID-19 emergency response.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ phase-three COVID-19 response bill would postpone scheduled pay cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals, temporarily increase Medicaid DSH allotments during the pandemic emergency, and provide short-term funding for community health centers and a variety of so-called health extenders.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House Democrats’ latest COVID-19 response bill would make sure Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to pay for COVID-19 treatments, drugs or any vaccine, establish a risk corridor program for Medicare Advantage plans during the COVID-19 outbreak, temporarily suspend the Medicare sequester and allocate $550 million for additional infection control investigations of health care facilities.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Monday (March 23) further limited its nursing home inspection protocol, postponing routine inspections to focus solely on infection control and immediate jeopardy, based on its findings in a Washington state nursing home that experienced a COVID-19 outbreak.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

The HHS Office of Inspector General warned Monday (March 23) that scam artists are targeting Medicare beneficiaries with promises of illegitimate COVID-19 tests in order to steal beneficiaries’ medical information and fraudulently bill federal health care programs.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Sunday (March 22) announced exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs -- including accountable care organizations and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System -- but the agency hasn’t yet laid out what it will do about 2020 data for MIPS and ACOs.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate GOP’s third COVID-19 response package would fund a number of so-called health extenders through 2021 or through the end of that fiscal year, including funding for community health centers, and would delay the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts until fiscal 2022, as well.

March 22, 2020 | Daily News

The updated phase three coronavirus package unveiled Sunday (March 22) by Senate Republicans keeps all the provisions proposed by the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday (March 19), including language expanding telehealth and increasing funding for community health centers.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is encouraging Medicare Part D plan sponsors to ensure that medication is delivered to patients without face-to-face contact during the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency notified Part D plans and Congress about the new policy Friday (March 20).

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Finance and Senate health committees released their proposals for a third coronavirus stimulus package on Thursday (March 19) that includes new supplemental funding for community health centers, ups pay to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients and further expands telehealth.

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

Stakeholders are urging CMS and lawmakers to make sure the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t derail providers in value-based pay arrangements, including in accountable care organizations, with some warning of potential mass exits from such arrangements due spending spikes driven by coronavirus care and treatment.

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

Pharmacies are asking the federal government to grant them permission in Medicare to take on services that doctors typically provide to help adjust to shortages and alleviate pressure that the coronavirus is expected to exert on hospitals and doctors' offices.

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

Three liberal-leaning judges will decide the fate of CMS’ so-called site neutral policy, a federal appeals court revealed Wednesday (March 18).

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate passed a second legislative package to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday (March 18) that includes provisions to ensure all individuals, including those with private plans, Medicare or Medicare Advantage and Medicaid can access COVID-19 tests at no cost and allow states to cover the uninsured under Medicaid for COVID-19 testing and related medical visits.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

As the Senate moves to pass a second coronavirus stimulus package and draft a third, provider groups are continuing to urge Congress to provide them with more funding and expanded telehealth authority.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to his colleagues on Tuesday (March 17) calling for additional funding for hospital providers to help manage their response to COVID-19 as Congress prepares a third legislative package to tackle the pandemic.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (March 17) approved a 1135 waiver for Florida’s Medicaid program, just days after a national emergency declaration prompted a series of blanket waivers and encouragement from CMS for states to submit waivers for additional flexibilities in their Medicaid programs to respond to COVID-19.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

CMS, the HHS Office of Inspector General and the HHS Office for Civil Rights will be using enforcement discretion and regulatory waivers to ease access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration announced Tuesday (March 17).

March 16, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals are asking Congress to remove the Medicare sequester at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and providers separately are asking for at least $1 billion in direct funding in COVID-19 legislation to cover a number of pandemic expenses including training for and implementing telemedicine.

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