CMS announced blanket waivers of certain Medicare requirements to prevent gaps in care for beneficiaries affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The agency released billing instructions and a set of Q&As.
As the coronavirus sweeps the world, organizational leaders find themselves with a certain level of responsibility to keep their workforce safe and effective. Much of how they meet that responsibility involves how they decide to communicate everything from emergency policies to information that can help make employees feel safe.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is taking a massive toll, impacting not only individuals and families as well as employers as they struggle with balancing the need for keeping their employees healthy while running their businesses. I have been writing about the advantages and challenges of teleworking in this column for 15 years. If those articles didn’t inspire you to explore having employees work remotely, maybe this crisis has compelled you to create a plan (or at least contingencies) that may result in a large portion of you workforce attempting to be productive while staying home.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for continuing to reduce payments for hospital outpatient services provided in grandfathered, off-campus provider-based departments (PBD) in the fiscal year 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.
The Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule comment period has been extended from January 14 to January 29, CMS announced. The proposed rule would require insurers to provide personalized price estimates and publish negotiated in-network rates and historical payment information.
CMS is automatically reprocessing 2019 hospital claims for certain services provided at grandfathered off-campus provider-based departments (PBD) after a federal judge vacated portions of the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) final rule. However, the agency has filed an appeal and the same federal judge declined to strike down cuts for those services planned for 2020.
Expanded price transparency requirements are set to become reality for hospitals effective January 1, 2021. On November 15, CMS released a final rule that pushed ahead with many of the requirements originally included in the 2020 OPPS proposed rule.
CMS is moving forward with multiple policies—effectively based on reducing reimbursement to hospitals—that have been deemed unlawful in court, according to the 2020 OPPS final rule, released Friday, November 1.