By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: September 13, 2021
This Monday Minute reviews the content of the HHS announcement regarding the, now available, $25.5 billion in additional provider relief funds. 8 billion of this money is to be given to small providers primarily in rural areas and bonuses will be given to providers that serve primarily Medicaid, CHIP and/or Medicare patients.
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: June 28, 2021
This minute covers the COVID-19 Healthcare ETS (Emergency Temporary Standard) being officially filed in the Office of the Federal Register on June 17, 2021, and it became effective when it was published on June 21, 2021. Make sure to stay tuned!
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: June 21, 2021
This minute covers the HHS revision of the Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements as of June 11, 2021. This new version supersedes all previous versions of the Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements documents. Make sure to stay tuned!
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: June 14, 2021
This minute covers the news release from CMS concerning: Medicare Billing for COVID-19 Vaccine Shot Administration. Effective June 8 of 2021, CMS has now approved that the COVID vaccination administration payment is going to be $75 per shot, which is almost double what they had increased it to earlier this year. The emphasis on getting as many people vaccinated as we possibly can is apparent. Make sure to stay tuned!
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: June 7, 2021
This minute covers the news release from CMS concerning, MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-payment Basis. Beginning August 2020, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) resumed post-payment reviews of items and services with dates of service before March 2020. MACs may now begin conducting post-payment medical reviews for later dates of service. Make sure to stay tuned!
By Sharon Litwin, RN, MHA, HCS-D / Posted on: May 12, 2021
The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group updated guidance for surveyors in QSO-21-15-ALL which revised emergency preparedness considering the Public Health Emergency (PHE). Emergency Preparedness (EP) takes a front seat with the Pandemic – CMS has revised the EP condition to add elements related to the Public Health Emergency (PHE) and the Pandemic.
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 26, 2021
Welcome to Monday Minute with Melinda! This session reviews the details of the Condition Code that must be used in billing vaccine administration for Medicare Advantage enrolled patients. Additionally, we touch on the extension of the PHE and corresponding CMS Waivers. Make sure to stay tuned!
By Sharon Litwin, RN, MHA, HCS-D / Posted on: April 8, 2021
It remains challenging to code COVID-19 for patients, as there are so many variations seen, especially as time goes on. However, as of January 1, 2021, we have new diagnosis codes that are to be used for COVID-19 patients. They don’t include all of the patient scenarios for the conditions seen after COVID but it is a start.
By Sharon Litwin, RN, MHA, HCS-D / Posted on: March 10, 2021
The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group released a QSO-21-08-NLTC (Non Long Term Care) on December 30, 2020 to State Survey Agency Directors. This QSO revised the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control (FIC) Survey Tool for Acute and Continuing Care, of which home health and hospice are a part.
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: May 14, 2020
There have been two Interim Final Rules, the most recent on May 1, that have been issued by CMS during this historic pandemic of the century. This Public Health Emergency (PHE) has taken the full focus of national officials and in the process, there have been sweeping concessions for healthcare, some permanent and others temporary.
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 20, 2020
(UPDATED – 05/14/2020) The CMS Accelerated and Advance Payments Program program was suspended on April 26, 2020 and no further Accelerated Payments are happening at this time. During this Public Health Emergency (PHE) there are several avenues of obtaining cash to keep your agency going. This article addresses two of those. The Accelerated and Advance Payments Program allows agencies to get an advance on Medicare payments and it must be repaid. The other is the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund that is being automatically disbursed. Agencies will not need to repay these funds, however, there are accountability requirements for accepting and using these funds.
By Melinda A. Gaboury, CEO / Posted on: April 1, 2020
This article was last updated on May 7, 2020.
As we are facing the pandemic of the century, home health and hospices are on the frontline of this Public Health Emergency (PHE) along with hospitals, physicians and all other healthcare workers. We at Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. would like to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for your true dedication to treating patients and helping the world to be a healthier place. HPS is dedicated to providing the Home Health and Hospice industries with the education and resources necessary to keep you performing at the highest level of success.