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Healthcare organizations can overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19, and the disruption it has caused, by identifying opportunities for long-term solutions that can improve patient care. Explore our resources below to learn more about these solutions.

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CMS Guideline for Safely Reopening Nursing Homes

CMS Guideline for Safely Reopening Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on May 18, 2020, issued guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes nationwide. The purpose of these guidelines per CMS is to give guidance for states to take appropriate and necessary steps to ensure resident’s safety. One main objective of CMS […]

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Hospital Outpatient PT/OT/ST Services Can Now Be Provided via Telehealth

Hospital Outpatient PT/OT/ST Services Can Now Be Provided via Telehealth

On April 30, 2020, CMS issued a second round of sweeping changes to support the healthcare system during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of these changes is the waiving of limitations on the types of clinical practitioners that can furnish Medicare telehealth services. Prior to this change, only doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certain others […]

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Frequently Asked Questions for RHCs and FQHCs During COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions for RHCs and FQHCs During COVID-19

This article was originally published on March 27th and has been updated as of April 30th. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. Can RHCs and FQHCs bill for telehealth? On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. The CARES Act includes language that does allow RHCs […]

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COVID-19 and the Impact on 340B

COVID-19 and the Impact on 340B

This article was originally published on March 25th and was updated on April 23rd. It is being updated as new information becomes available. We wanted to provide updates on the most recent HRSA announcements that could impact your 340B Program during the COVID-19 crisis. 340B Eligibility HRSA recently announced that it “is allowing some entities, […]

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CMS Releases Telehealth Guidance for RHCs and FQHCs

Telehealth Guidance for RHCs and FQHCs

On Friday, April 17, 2020, CMS finally released guidance for RHCs and FQHCs in terms of telehealth distant site services. Below is a snapshot of the information released in the MLN Matters Article. A link to the full release can be found here. The guidance from CMS will apply to claims dating back to January […]

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Webinar: Navigating the Legislative Landscape for Healthcare Providers in the Coronavirus Pandemic

On-Demand Webinar: Navigating the Healthcare Legislative Landscape due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

In this webinar, we are addressing how healthcare providers can navigate coronavirus response legislation and continue to be successful in serving patients. We will cover topics including: Legislative Highlights Healthcare Implications (including Telehealth) Reimbursement & Regulatory Issues Cash Flow & Access to Capital Duration: 1 Hour Speakers: Mike Alessandrini, Director Derek Gray, Director Tony Javorka, […]

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Outpatient Therapy Options During COVID-19

Outpatient Therapy Options During COVID-19

COVID-19 is creating a dip in outpatient therapy appointments … and revenues.  However, due to recent regulatory waivers announced by CMS, hospitals have a unique opportunity to provide therapy services within the patient’s home. The following two options should be considered: Option 1: E-Visits The CMS has recently clarified that e-visit services are reimbursable by […]

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Telehealth waiver

Expansion of Telehealth with 1135 Waiver

Under this new waiver, Medicare can pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth across the country, including in patients’ places of residence, starting March 6, 2020. A range of providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, will be able to offer telehealth to their patients.  Additionally, […]

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CMS Announces Relief in Response to COVID-19

CMS Announces Relief from the Quality Reporting Program in Response to COVID-19

On March 22, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (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. This applies to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)  Quality Reporting Program (QRP) […]

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CMS_ COVID-19 Emergency Declaration for SNFs

CMS: COVID-19 Emergency Declaration for SNFs

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services issued an updated memo on COVID-19 protocols from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official, David Wright. The memo states: Facilities should restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In those cases, […]

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