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  • CMS Survey Data Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Daily Life and Experiences

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Survey Data Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Daily Life and Experiences | site |



    (October 16, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today, October 16, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data showing that 21% of Medicare beneficiaries report forgoing non-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) care due to the pandemic, and nearly all - 98% - of beneficiaries have taken preventative measures to keep themselves safe from the virus. According to the survey, the most common type of forgone care because of the pandemic was dental care (43%), followed by regular check-up (36%), treatment for ongoing condition (36%), and diagnostic or medical screening test (32%). The most common reason cited for forgoing care was not wanting to risk being at a medical facility (45%). Regarding COVID-19 preventative health behavi...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs | site |




    (August 26, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today (August 26, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in enhancing their abilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to nursing home residents and their front line staff.

    Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to the prevalence and spread of COVID-19. CMS continues to take proactive steps to enhance infection control policies, including practices that limit potential transmission, and prevent outbreaks within these facilities to protect residents. Today’s guidance requires all nursing homes to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. A new survey
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  • CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020

    CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020

    CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020 | site |



    (May 19, 2020) - - Today (May 19, 2020), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following "CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020":

    As part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), following is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions. To keep up with the important Task Force work being done in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov . For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information below is current as of May 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET.

    Trump Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

    CMS announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing...
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  • COVID-19 Response News Alert - - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers

    COVID-19 Response News Alert: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers| site |




    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The agency is receiving questions from providers and created this document to be transparent and share answers to some of the most common questions.

    Included in the FAQs is:
    • Guidance on how to bill and receive payment for testing patients at risk of COVID-19;
    • Details of Medicare’s payment policies for laboratory and diagnostic services, drugs and vaccines under Medicare Part B, ambulance services, and other medical services
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  • Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters Capitol Conference 2020

    Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference 2020 | site |




    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:


    Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference 2020


    (As prepared for delivery – February 24, 2020)



    Thank you for having me. Going back to my time in Indiana designing health care plans, I have always valued the knowledge and expertise that agents and brokers bring to the table, because they have front line experience. In this town, policy experts are a dime a dozen, but you all understand the healthcare system in a more concrete way. You see the impact of policy and know how it affects real people. Many of these people are our Medicare and exchange beneficiaries,...
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  • Public Health News Alert: CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test

    Public Health News Alert: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test| site |





    (February 13, 2020) - - Today (February 13, 2020), the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took further action to ensure America’s healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS developed a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for providers and laboratories to test patients for SARS-CoV-2. This code will allow those labs conducting the tests to bill for the specific test instead of using an unspecified code, which means better tracking of the public health response for this particular strain of the coronavirus to help protect people from the spread of this infectious disease. Healthcare providers wh...
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  • CMS Statement on Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Extension

    CMS Statement on Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Extension

    CMS Statement on Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Extension| site |



    (December 16, 2019) - - Today (December 16, 2019), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:


    CMS Statement on Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Extension

    “CMS’s primary goal is to provide a seamless Open Enrollment experience for HealthCare.gov consumers and ensure that those Americans who want coverage offered through the Exchange can enroll in a plan. In an abundance of caution, to accommodate consumers who attempted to enroll in coverage during the final hours of Open Enrollment but who may have experienced issues, starting at 3:00PM EST today, December 16 we are extending the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage until 3:00AM EST December 18. This additional time will give consumers the opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage. While the website...
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  • CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden

    CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden



    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rules would advance administrative burden reduction, Medicare modernization, and the Meaningful Measures Initiative



    (April 27, 2018) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed transformative changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range of medical facilities. The agency’s proposed payment rules also set out to continue to modernize Medicare through innovation in skilled nursing facility payment to drive value, advance meaningful quality measure reporting, and reduce paperwork and administrative costs. “We envision all elements of CMS’ healthcare delivery system working to reward value over volume and decisively focus on patients receiving quality care from t
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    CMS Survey Data Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Daily Life and Experiences
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Survey Data Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Daily Life and Experiences | site |



    (October 16, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today, October 16, 2020, the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data showing that 21% of Medicare beneficiaries report forgoing non-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) care due to the pandemic, and nearly all - 98% - of beneficiaries have taken preventative measures to keep themselves safe from the virus. According to the survey, the most common type of forgone care because of the pandemic was dental care (43%), followed by regular check-up (36%), treatment for ongoing condition (36%), and diagnostic or medical screening test (32%). The most common reason cited for forgoing care was not wanting to risk being at a medical facility (45%). Regarding COVID-19 preventative health behavi...
    10-18-2020, 04:21 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posts Guidance for Implementing New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs | site |




    (August 26, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published today (August 26, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in enhancing their abilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to nursing home residents and their front line staff.

    Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to the prevalence and spread of COVID-19. CMS continues to take proactive steps to enhance infection control policies, including practices that limit potential transmission, and prevent outbreaks within these facilities to protect residents. Today’s guidance requires all nursing homes to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. A new survey
    ...
    08-31-2020, 01:21 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020 | site |



    (May 19, 2020) - - Today (May 19, 2020), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following "CMS NEWS ALERT May 19, 2020":

    As part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts taken in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), following is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions. To keep up with the important Task Force work being done in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov . For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information below is current as of May 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET.

    Trump Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

    CMS announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing...
    05-26-2020, 06:31 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    COVID-19 Response News Alert - - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    COVID-19 Response News Alert: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers| site |




    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The agency is receiving questions from providers and created this document to be transparent and share answers to some of the most common questions.

    Included in the FAQs is:
    • Guidance on how to bill and receive payment for testing patients at risk of COVID-19;
    • Details of Medicare’s payment policies for laboratory and diagnostic services, drugs and vaccines under Medicare Part B, ambulance services, and other medical services
    ...
    03-07-2020, 01:14 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters Capitol Conference 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference 2020 | site |




    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:


    Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference 2020


    (As prepared for delivery – February 24, 2020)



    Thank you for having me. Going back to my time in Indiana designing health care plans, I have always valued the knowledge and expertise that agents and brokers bring to the table, because they have front line experience. In this town, policy experts are a dime a dozen, but you all understand the healthcare system in a more concrete way. You see the impact of policy and know how it affects real people. Many of these people are our Medicare and exchange beneficiaries,...
    02-25-2020, 08:07 AM

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