COVID-19: Coronavirus


Annual Advisory Board Roundtable

COVID-19’s Tectonic Legal Shifts for HME

Legal expert Jeffery Baird discusses how the Public Health Emergency has already changed the legal landscape, and what else might be in store for HME providers.

HHS to Extend COVID-19 PHE Another 90 Days

Effective Oct. 23, the renewal keeps several key regulatory relaxations and relief policies and programs in place.

Next $20 Billion in Provider Relief Comes into Focus

HHS is now taking applications for Phase 3 of the Provider Relief Fund, but the process requires providers to share more details on revenue and expenses from patient care.

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Business Solutions

The New ... Normal?

2020 has been the year everyone would rather forget, with COVID-19 presenting the industry with a murder hornets' nest of complication in particular. What do the next few months hold for the industry? Our annual Editorial Advisory Board roundtable takes a look.

HHS to Open Aid Reporting Portal

Providers that received more than $10,000 from the Provider Relief Fund will have to report to the agency via a portal by Feb. 15.

COVID-19 and DMEPOS Providers

Infection control is a critical consideration in the era of COVID-19. Here are some changes you can make to your office to help reduce the risk of infection.

Virtual Surveys: What You Need to Know

To ensure providers maintain accreditation, Medicare has allowed virtual accreditation surveys during the COVID-19 public health emergency. What do you need to know about this process?

AAHomecare Presses Anthem on Rates

After insurer cut reimbursement in July despite COVID-19 costs, HME association highlighted the disparity between Anthem’s funding and Medicare’s rates for HME during the health emergency.



UHC Fixes Uninsured Patient Funding Problem

A system error that was rejecting DME claims for uninsured patients under the CARES Act has been addressed.

HSS Pushes Provider Relief Application to Sept. 13

Agency extends the application deadline for Phase 2 General Distribution after expanding eligibility for the funds.

Funding

Knowing the Latest Relief Details

More specifics have emerged on expanded Phase 2 of CARES provider relief. Make sure you know the options available to you.

HHS Pushes Deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Relief to Aug. 28

Agency extends application deadline for Medicaid providers and plans to reopen portal to certain Medicare providers from Aug. 10 until Aug. 28.

The Technology Side of HME & COVID-19

Rob Boeye of Brightree discusses his company’s four-pronged approach to helping providers respond to the public health emergency. 

HHS’s COVID-19 PHE Extension Brings Continued Relief

The 90-day extension means continued CARES Act relief, relaxed regulations from CMS and state Medicaid programs, as well as from other payers.

Nearly 100 Lawmakers Sign Round 2021 Letter

Last-minute push for a letter calling on HHS and CMS to delay Round 2021 of competitive bidding due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic garners signatures from 98 Representatives.

CMS: Audits Won’t Fully Resume on Aug. 3

After AAHomecare shared industry concerns over audit resumption, CMS provided a more nuanced and detailed description of how the audit programs will recommence.

House Sign-on Letter Calls for Bid Delay

HME providers have until July 29 to secure signatures on Congressional letter urging HHS and CMS to delay Round 2021 for at least a year.

ACMESA Not Holding August Summer Meeting

North Carolina recovery plan nixes state association’s Aug. 19-20 event. ACMESA is examining possible fall rescheduling as well as virtual options.

AAHomecare: CMS Must Delay Round 2021

Association calls on providers to ensure their lawmakers understand that COVID-19 necessitates CMS delay implementing the next round.

CMS to Resume Medicare Audits, Prior Authorization on Aug. 3

Postponed since March 30, TRP, SMRC and RAC audits will restart next month, as will prior authorization for PMDs and support surfaces.

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