COVID-19: Coronavirus


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.

Anthem Won’t Rescind or Delay HME Cuts

Despite efforts from AAHomecare, Anthem and subsidiary Amerigroup have doubled down on cuts to HME rates that go as high as 60 percent.



Applications for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Due July 20

The run-up to the deadline continues while AAHomecare notes that HHS is aware policies could potentially penalize Medicaid-focused suppliers who also served Medicare beneficiaries.

Healthcare Orgs Fight CARES Act Tax Penalty

AAHomecare has banded together with other healthcare industry organizations to fix a flaw in the CARES Act that could cost providers more than a fifth of their CARES Act funding.

AAHomecare Presses for Equitable Medicaid Relief

Some providers were denied the recently announced Medicaid/CHIP relief despite declining payments from the first tranche of relief. Association working with administration, lawmakers for a fix.

HHS Earmarks $15 Billion for Medicaid and CHIP Providers

The relief is for providers who have directly billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed care plans in 2018-2020, but haven’t received payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund’s General Distribution.

HHS Extends Relief Attestation Deadline

Agency shifts the deadline for filling out the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund attestation form from 45 days after receiving payment to 90 days.

Senate Upvotes Bill that Adds Major Flexibility to PPP

Upper chamber passes legislation that would lengthen period for using PPP funds and decrease the percentage of funds needed to be spent on payroll. The reform now goes to the President for signature.

AAHomecare Submits Comments on CMS IFR

After thanking CMS for relief given to providers to help them continue providing services during COVID-19, association sought further clarification and recommended additional relief.

Serving Sleep Patients During COVID-19 — and After

To tackle COVID-19, a number of solutions have been deployed to continue providing sleep therapy products and services to patients during the pandemic. How will that impact sleep care and business models after the PHE?

David Kopf

Editor's Note

What's Your Telehealth Plan?

COVID-19 is pushing U.S. healthcare to adopt practices it should have integrated years ago, and telehealth is at the top of the list. Why? Because it makes a lot of sense, especially for HME.

Coronavirus

Business Solutions

Pandemic!

As epidemiologists and public health officials first started warning about COVID-19, some HME providers were already making plans. How has the industry responded to the public health emergency? How have these changes impacted their businesses and patients? How has public policy adjusted? How might all these changes impact the future of the HME?

SBA Issues 2 IFRs on PPP Loans

IFRs covers several issues related to loan forgiveness, loan review procedures, and borrower and lender responsibilities. VGM provides overview.

AAHomecare Offers Guidance on IFR Comments

The association has outlined a number of requests it is making in its public comments on CMS’s April 6 interim final rule. Comments are due June 1.

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