Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers Action comes to aid providers and suppliers facing challenges in responding to COVID-19 pandemic Under the President’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program expansion, which includes changes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is one way that CMS is working to lessen the financial hardships of providers facing extraordinary challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensures the nation’s providers can focus on patient care. There has been significant disruption to the healthcare industry, with providers being asked to delay non-essential surgeries and procedures, other healthcare staff unable to work due to childcare demands, and disruption to billing, among the challenges related to the pandemic. “With our nation’s health care providers on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, dollars and cents shouldn’t be adding to their worries,” said CMS Administrator Seema (more…)

NEW! Weekly COVID-19 Member Calls

EMS providers serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Ambulance Association is here to help! Join us for weekly interactive discussions to share best practices and insights as well as to overcome common challenges. Operational Discussions | Chaired by AAA President Aarron Reinert | Wednesdays at 4:00 pm ET Clinical Discussions | Chaired by Dr Ed Racht of Global Medical Response | Fridays at 4:00 pm ET We look forward to facilitating the exchange of ideas and critically important information. New to Zoom? Register for one or both of the calls above, then check out Zoom’s handy guide. Not need a computer? Use the Zoom iPhone app or Zoom Android app!

Webinar Materials & FAQ: Claims Guidance for COVID-19

Webinar: How to Best Document and Track Claims Related to COVID-19 Recorded: Thursday, March 26th | 12:00pm Eastern View On-Demand Recording View PPT Slides FAQ of unanswered webinar questions: Is the idea that the ET3 model will be pushed to all ambulance companies or only previously selected participants? The request into CMS and leadership during the declared public health emergency is to allow all ambulance providers and suppliers to transport patients or treat in place based upon the concepts outlined in the Emergency Triage, Treatment and Transport model as defined by CMMI’s release last year. While we wait for finalization of the ET3 protocols, will billing be allowed retroactively? If CMS follows other waiver provisions that they have been approving, then we would expect the waiver to be retroactive. However, that will be clearly identified when and if the final waiver is approved. Asbel spoke about Telehealth medical necessity, which we assume applies to the QHP.  Neither CMS nor the MAC has provided any guidance regarding MN guidance for the ambulance that is facilitating the telehealth.  CMS ET3 FAQ provides a non-answer. Can you advise? You will need to understand the nuances around telehealth and what Medicare requires as a (more…)