COVID-19: Coronavirus


HHS Distributes Remainder of CARES Act Funds

HHS automatically disperses the remaining $20 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to providers based on their share of 2018 net patient revenue.

CMS Releases COVID-19 IFR

The Interim Final Rule includes HME-related items, including a widening of who can conduct telehealth visits, discussion of CARES Act provisions on rural and other non-bid-area reimbursement rates, continuous glucose monitors, and more.

Latest Stimulus Package Now Law

House passes and President signs into law $484 billion worth of funding that includes $75 Billion in relief for healthcare providers.

New Stimulus Bill Adds $75 Billion to COVID-19 Relief

The new legislative package also includes $310 billion in paycheck protection and $60 billion in Economic Injury Disaster Loan relief that HME providers can access.

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Diving Into COVID-19 Regulatory Changes

In addition to the $30 billion COVID-19 relief fund, HME providers have seen a cascade of Federal and state regulatory changes, as well as new private payer funding guidelines. AAHomecare regulatory and payer relations experts Kim Brummett and Laura Williard take a deep dive into all of them.

Accessing the CARES Act Relief Fund

There are several items providers must understand when seeking help from the $30 billion relief fund serving providers during the COVID-19 health emergency.

AAHomecare Launches HME Supply Chain Survey

The effort aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HME providers’ supply chain in order to help build the case to delay competitive bidding implementation by one year. The deadline to take the survey is April 21.

CARES Act Attestation Portal Now Online

Providers receiving a share of the $30 billion COVID-19 relief fund must use the portal to declare they comply with the program’s terms and conditions within 30 days of receiving the relief.



HHS Begins Distributing Billions of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Healthcare Providers, HME Suppliers

On Friday, the department announced the disbursement of $30 billion to providers facing economic hurdles due to the pandemic. $70 billion remain in the CARES Act fund.

Assessing and Addressing Your COVID-19 Risk

How do HME providers manage their COVID-19 risk and negate spread of infection? Accreditation expert Sandra Canally shares a truckload of specific, how-to tips for the storefront location, the warehouse and for deliveries out in the field.

CMS Removes Non-Invasive Ventilators From Round 2021

Attributing the decision to COVID-19 as well as other factors, NIVs will not be part of Round 2021, and any DMEPOS supplier can provide the devices, as well as any other ventilator types covered by Medicare.

Three Major Private Payers Issue COVID-19 Policy Changes

UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Anthem issue HME-related guidance in response the Coronavirus pandemic. AAHomecare reports it is working with additional payers.

CMS Expands Use of Multi-Function Ventilators

New MLN Matters article stipulates that beneficiaries must now only meet typical coverage for a ventilator.

AAHomecare to Providers: Use Sound Judgement

Industry association reminds providers that CMS’s relaxed coverage requirements are to help fight COVID-19 and to not only judiciously apply the new guidelines but help police any abuse.

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CAIRE Increases Production of Oxygen Equipment To Meet Demands of Coronavirus Pandemic

The oxygen manufacturer with facilities in China, Europe and the U.S. has also implemented several measures to protect employees, including sanitizing production lines, quarantining supplies and social distancing in common areas.

President Moves to Ramp Up Ventilator Production

President Trump uses Defense Production Act to order Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security to facilitate increased ventilator production by six manufacturers.

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WellSky Launches Care Coordination Platform in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

The platform aims to make it easier for care managers to administer interventions, connect patients to local providers and relieve hospitals suffering from bed shortages due to COVID-19.

CMS IFR Streamlines DMEPOS Regulations

In response to COVID-19, CMS’s new Interim Final Rule incorporates several relief provisions that industry advocates requested to help providers better care for patients during the pandemic, but does not include a Round 2021 delay.

COVID-19 Protocols, Practices Quickly Emerging in HME Industry

Across the country, providers of varying care categories and business models are developing best practices and common protocols for sales, patient visits, deliveries, telehealth, referrals relations and operations, according to survey interviews.

Stimulus Package Signed Into Law

The House passed the stimulus package, which includes various HME provisions including the extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and Pres. Trump signed the legislation into law.

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