CMS News and Press Releases
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CMS Guidance related to the Emergency Preparedness Testing Exercise Requirements- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (September 28,2020)
CMS Memorandum

CMS Checklist for Dialysis Facilities in COVID-19 Hotspots (August 17, 2020)
Checklist for Dialysis Facilities in COVID-19 Hotspots

CMS Memo for Key Components for Continued COVID-19 Management for Dialysis Facilities (August 17,2020)
Key Components for Continued COVID-19 Management for Dialysis Facilities

Information on COVID-19 Antibody Testing (June 29, 2020)
Fact Sheet for Providers and Patients COVID IgG: This Fact Sheet informs you of the significant known and potential risks and benefits of the emergency use of the LIAISON®SARS-CoVs S1/S2 IgG assay.
IDSA COVID-19 Antibody Testing Primer


ESRD COVID-19 After-Action Report and Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) Available
This report documents the findings of the evaluation team in reviewing the ESRD community COVID-19 response. This AAR/IP serves to support stakeholders in assessing the ongoing COVID-19 response, drive system-wide improvement for the ESRD stakeholder community and increase collective resilience against future hazards. The proposed corrective actions included in the report are simply recommendations that stakeholders may use for the benefit of ESRD community

The ASN COVID-19 Toolkit for Nephrology Clinicians: Preparing for a Surge is now available. This toolkit was created to help nephrology clinicians in a surge area understand the most critical elements to consider as they care for patients requiring renal replacement therapy.

Communication Tool for Use Across Care Settings
Change in Condition Alert

Frequently Asked Questions: Exceptions for Dialysis Facilities Affected by COVID -19
ESRD COVID 19 FAQ

COVD-19 Emergency Declaration Waivers
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

Guidance for COVID-19 Contact Tracing of Infected Persons
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/open-america/contact-tracing.html (May 5, 2020)

Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance) (May 2, 2020)

CDC Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for COVID-19 (May 3, 2020)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

CMS issues flexibilities across the healthcare system to temporarily provide relief to healthcare providers

Multiple kidney partners have joined together to provide temporary outpatient hemodialysis to patients with COVID-19
Dialysis Community Response Network (DCRN)

CMS clarifies vascular access placement for dialysis patients are essential surgeries
CMS Clarifies ESRD Essential Surgeries (March 26, 2020)

CMS releases Telehealth Toolkits for providers treating patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Telehealth Toolkits  (March 20, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions for Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/provider-enrollment-relief-faqs-covid-19.pdf (April 4, 2020)

Exceptions and Extensions for Quality Reporting Requirements   
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/guidance-memo-exceptions-and-extensions-quality-reporting-and-value-based-purchasing-programs.pdf (March 27, 2020)

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November 2020