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March 16, 2020 | Daily News

Community health centers on Monday (March 16) called on Congress to include an immediate increase in funding for community health centers as well as long-term funding for the centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program in its latest coronavirus package that passed the House late Friday (March 13).

March 13, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Friday (March 13) said his national emergency orders will give broad authority to loosen telehealth restrictions and waive other Medicare regulations, many of which affect hospitals. Hospitals praised the national emergency declaration for breaking down regulatory barriers.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic primary candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden both proposed the U.S. government prevent pharmaceutical companies from price gouging patients for critical supplies during the coronavirus outbreak and make testing, vaccines and treatments free of charge.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) said he wants CMS to implement the Medicare telehealth provisions of the supplemental COVID-19 funding bill immediately to help those in urban areas use such services.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

The American Association for Homecare is seeking CMS guidance on how to deal with specific durable medical equipment challenges connected to the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as information from major respiratory stakeholders on how they are responding.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (March 11) unanimously approved three bills that would strengthen patient protections for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday night (March 10) issued updated guidance for providers in home health settings and dialysis facilities amid COVID-19 concerns, but home health agencies want to see more regulations relaxed as they respond to the pandemic.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

CMS issued new coronavirus guidance for providers in long-term care facilities and hospices on Monday night (March 9) that calls for limiting visitors and dedicating a wing for residents coming or returning from the hospital, generally appeasing the hospice and nursing home lobby that applauded the guidance as COVID-19 concerns rise.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday (March 10) told nurse practitioners to keep coming up with ideas on ways HHS could empower nurses, months after CMS had given stakeholders a short time to provide recommendations on how to ease stringent Medicare regulations that could stop such providers from working to the top of their license.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will mark up a wide-ranging slate of bills on Wednesday (March 11), committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) announced Monday.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

Providers and hospitals said Monday that the long-awaited final HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT interoperability rule doesn’t do enough to protect patient privacy in third-party apps, even as the Trump administration reiterates that the rule was crafted with privacy in mind.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finalized its long-awaited interoperability rule on Monday (March 9), adding an additional exception to information blocking and streamlining some definitions in the rule, as well as addressing data privacy in third-party apps.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

CMS this year will publicly list providers it suspects of blocking the exchange of patients’ health information and who don’t list their contact information in a national system, the agency said Monday (March 9) in long-anticipated rule that governs the sharing of patient health records, and CMS will make hospitals send electronic notifications to other providers about their patients’ admissions, discharges or transfers.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

The American Medical Group Association is urging CMS to quickly implement the Medicare telehealth waiver authority granted by the supplemental COVID-19 funding legislation, but the Center for Connected Health Policy says there are hurdles to using telehealth during the public health crisis.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicare advisors on Thursday (March 5) discussed reworking accountable care organizations’ benchmarks by recommending that CMS use National Provider Identifiers to figure out which providers are part of an ACO and compute their performance year and baseline spending.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

Key Democratic lawmakers again pushed back on CMS for its handling of emergency and safety preparedness in nursing homes amid COVID-19, a day after the agency issued new guidance for nursing homes and hospitals and ordered inspections of over 15,000 of these facilities.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (March 5) told beneficiaries that Part B usually covers certain necessary clinical diagnostic tests without any copay, and that will include the test to see if they have coronavirus.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

The American Clinical Laboratory Association asks CMS to proactively reach out to hospital outreach labs about their obligation to report commercial-payer reimbursement rates during the next data reporting period, which last year’s budget bill pushed back to 2021.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

CMS released guidance and action steps to improve how nursing homes and hospitals prevent and treat COVID-19 after meeting with members of the long-term care industry on Wednesday (March 4) -- a move expected to result in state surveyors inspecting at least 15,000 nursing homes across the country.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

The coronavirus emergency spending measure includes provisions waiving certain Medicare telehealth restrictions during the coronavirus public health emergency, which one advocate called positive -- though she said advocates had hoped the authority would be permanent.

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