CMS Important Information on COVID-19 Released

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, CPC, CMRS, QCC, QMCS
April 13th, 2020

CMS has recently released some important information on their last MLN, the highlights are below.

COVID-19: Dear Clinician Letter

CMS posted a letter to clinicians that outlines a summary of actions CMS has taken to ensure clinicians have maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to providing patient care during the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The summary includes information about telehealth and virtual visits, accelerated and advanced payments, and recent waiver information.
Letter (PDF)

COVID-19: Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services and Treatment Recommendations

Read more here

Supplier Education on Use of Upgrades for Multi-Function Ventilators

A new MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20012 on Supplier Education on Use of Upgrades for Multi-Function Ventilators (PDF) is available.

Quality Payment Program: MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy in Response to COVID-19

Participation Status Tool

MIPS extreme and uncontrollable circumstances application 

Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet

Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccination: Eligibility Transactions Includes DOS Starting April 13

See the MLN Matters Article (PDF) for more information.

Accelerated/Advance Payment Program

CMS Approved Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week!

The fact sheet on the accelerated/advance payment process and how to submit a request can be found here: Fact Sheet (PDF). Providers can also contact their Medicare Administrative Contractor for any questions.

If you have any questions on the above information you can contact or 866-288-8292 (Customers who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS communications assistant)


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