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Weekly COVID-19 Data, Version 12 Toolkit and Other COVID-19 Updates

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CMS has updated this toolkit – Version 12 is now available and it’s 192 pages in length. This toolkit includes recent information and guidance on vaccinations to prevent infection with influenza virus, pneumococcus, and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. CMS has posted COVID-19 Nursing Home data for week ending October 11, 2020. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare …

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COVID-19 Updates – Digest for Week of August 24, 2020

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This work week is not quite over yet (I’m writing this on Thursday morning) however there are some items I want to be sure you’re aware of before more information is provided. Yesterday I posted QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH Issued – Interim Final Rule Guidance. If you read that blog immediately after it was posted, you saw this with one big exception: …

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COVID-19 Updated and New Information – Early August 2020

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FAQs: COVID-19 Testing at Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Homes was updated August 5, 2020. This is an 8-page document that answers questions about COVID testing, safety precautions during testing, provider order for testing, reporting, CLIA certificates, etc. CDC updated this return to work guidance again on Monday, August 10, 2020. COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing was updated August 7, 2020. …

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Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 PHE

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This Press Release announced CMS changes as well as an Executive Order signed on Monday, August 3, 2020. “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, consistent with the Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access that President Trump signed today. The Executive Order and proposed rule advance our efforts to improve …

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COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing Updated Again

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This 140-page COVID-19 FAQ document was updated on July 28, 2020. This is what’s new in this version during July: Page 10 – Diagnostic Laboratory Services … Question: If a physician/non-physician practitioner (NPP) reports CPT code 99211 “Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient that may not require the presence of a physician”, …

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News Alert: Provider Reimbursement Available for Counseling Patients to Self-Isolate at Time of COVID-19 Testing

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The following News Alert was issued mid-day on Thursday, June 30, 2020: CMS and CDC announce provider reimbursement available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to …

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Recent COVID-19 Information and Updates: 2nd Week of July

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MLN Matters Number: SE20011 Revised was posted on Friday, July 17, 2020 This is a 16-page MLN.  Look for the red ink within this document.  The first occurrence is found on page 11. Keep reading as there is more clarification regarding the SNF Benefit Period Waiver as well as billing. Testing Guidelines for Nursing Homes were updated by CDC on …

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Recent COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Today’s blog is a digest of recent postings related to COVID-19. FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers This is a July 2, 2020 update.  The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as …

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CMS-R-131 Receives OMB Approval

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The ABN, Form CMS-R-131, and form instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal.  The use of the renewed form with the expiration date of 06/30/2023 will be mandatory on 8/31/2020.  The ABN form and instructions may be found at:  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/BNI/ABN.  The previous form was set to expire on March 30, 2020; OMB approved …

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FDA, CMS, CDC and OIG COVID-19 updates for 1st 2 weeks of June 2020

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Below is a repost of a Briggs post written by Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare. CDC updated the following COVID-19 guidance during the 1st two (2) weeks of June: Using Telehealth to Expand Access to Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings Updated Clinical Questions about COVID-19: Questions and Answers NHSN LTCF Guide to Using …