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March 30, 2020 Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

You can find a copy of the full press release here:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-makes-sweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19

For additional background information on the waivers and rule changes, go to: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/additional-backgroundsweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19-patient

For more information on the COVID-19 waivers and guidance, and the Interim Final Rule, please go to the CMS COVID-19 flexibilities webpage: https://www.cms.gov/about-cms/emergency-preparedness-response-operations/current-emergencies/coronavirus-waivers

CMS- COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers March 30, 2020

CMS- Physicians and Other Clinicians: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 March 30, 2020

Medicare Telehealth Code Visit List(www.cms.gov) Page Last Modified: March 30, 2020 

CMS- Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kits March 27, 2020

Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19 Fact Sheet March 23, 2020 

CMS COVID-19 Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs March 22, 2020

CMS End-Stage Renal Disease Providers Toolkit March 20, 2020

MEDICARE FEE FOR SERVICE TELEHEALTH COVERAGE March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies. Last Updated March 18, 2020

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet(www.cms.gov) March 17, 2020

Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (www.cms.gov) March 17, 2020
Medicare Telehealth Services Chart(www.cms.gov) March 17, 2020

CMS Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet March 17, 2020

CMS Telehealth Toolkit for General Practitioners March 17, 2020    

CMS COVID-19 Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs March 2020 

MLN (Medicare Learning Network) Telehealth Booklet, March 2020 Update March 2020 

March 23, 2020 CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19

Today, in keeping with its commitment to ensure states have the necessary tools to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an additional 11 state Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act (Act), bringing the total number of approved Section 1135 waivers for states to 13. The waivers were approved within days of states’ submitting them, and offer states new flexibilities to focus their resources on combatting the outbreak and providing the best possible care to Medicaid beneficiaries in their states. These waivers support President Trump’s commitment to operating a COVID-19 response that is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.  A copy of the press release can be found here:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-approves-medicaid-section-1135-waivers-11-additional-states-response-covid-19

These waivers, and earlier CMS actions in response to COVID-19, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.govFor a complete and updated list of CMS actions, and other information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

On March 22, CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs. The action comes as part of the Trump Administration’s response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  CMS is implementing additional extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming measure reporting and data submission deadlines for several CMS programs. For those programs with data submission deadlines in April and May 2020, submission of those data will be optional, based on the facility’s choice to report.  CMS recognizes that quality measure data collection and reporting for services furnished during this time period may not be reflective of their true level of performance on measures such as cost, readmissions, and patient experience during this time of emergency and seeks to hold organizations harmless for not submitting data during this period.  You can find a copy of the press release here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting                                       

CMS continues to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation and assess options to bring relief to clinicians: To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here www.coronavirus.gov

For complete and updated information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

To contact Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go to our contact us page.