Coronavirus News

Exploring Visitor Management in Health Care Facilities during COVID-19

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 has brought on new challenges of trying to see loved ones living or rehabilitating at a healthcare facility during this pandemic. Visitors are learning first-hand how businesses and healthcare facilities are managing this process. As you know, healthcare facilities ...

Trump Administration Unveils Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results

Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices. This announcement builds on the previous actions CMS has taken to ensure the sa ...

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

Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country.  The guidance released today is part of President Trump’s Guidelin ...

Nursing Home Reporting Requirement

On April 19, CMS announced we’ll be requiring facilities to report COVID-19 information to the CDC and to families. Within three weeks of that announcement, we published an Interim Final Rule With Comment on April 30. For the first time, all 15,000 nursing homes will be reporting this dat ...

CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

New tool provides innovative solutions for states and facilities to protect our nation’s vulnerable nursing home residents during emergency Today, under the direction of President Trump, CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, a ...

Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services

CMS updated a video that answers common questions about the expanded Medicare telehealth services benefit during the COVID-19 public health emergency. New information includes how CMS adds services to the list of telehealth services, additional practitioners that can provide telehealth ser ...

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries  Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic At President Trump’s direction, and building on its rec ...

CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

As a part of President Trump’s Opening Up America Again effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commissionthat will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Com ...

CMS NEWS: Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP Toolkit will help states identify and address barriers to telehealth coverage d ...

CMS Releases Additional Blanket Waivers for Long-Term Care Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Intermediate Care Facilities

CMS continues to release additional blanket waivers to the healthcare community in order to provide the flexibilities needed to take care of patients during this public health emergency. Today, CMS is providing additional blanket waivers related to care for patients in Long-Term Care Hospit ...

CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

As the United States continues to face the unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, the tide is turning and some areas throughout the country are seeing a decline in cases. As states and localities begin to stabilize, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...

COVID-19: Patients and Providers Mental Health

Social distancing. Self-isolation. Shelter-In-Place. Safer-at-Home. These are the latest buzz words that have become a part of our vocabulary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has changed how humans interact with each other. It’s also changed how we cope during traumatic events. For those on ...

CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries   CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests CMS helps expand testing capacity and monitoring for COVID-19 in nursing homes and other settings with ...

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Long-Term Care Facility (LTC) Transfer Scenarios

CMS is providing supplemental information for transferring or discharging residents between skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and/or nursing facilities based on COVID-19 status (i.e., positive, negative, unknown/under observation). In general, if two or more certified LTC facilities want to ...

Trump Administration Acts to Ensure U.S. Healthcare Facilities Can Maximize Frontline Workforces to Confront COVID-19 Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries  Trump Administration Acts to Ensure U.S. Healthcare Facilities Can Maximize Frontline Workforces to Confront COVID-19 Crisis At President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare &am ...

CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19

Guidance will aid clinicians in various healthcare settings to prevent and mitigate the spread Under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a series of updated guidance documents focused on infection control to prevent the spread ...

CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations 202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servic ...

COVID-19 Dear Clinician Letter and Updated Elective Surgery Recommendations

Please join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a Medicare Learning Network event to hear about updates on recent CMS actions taken to address the COVID-19 public health emergency. Dear Clinician Letter CMS posted a letter to clinicians that outlines a summary of action ...

COVID-19 Nursing Home Guidance

On April 3, at the direction of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued critical recommendations to state and local governments, as well as nursing homes, to help mitigate the ...

Trump Administration Issues Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes, State and Local Governments

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries   Trump Administration Issues Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes, State and Local Governments Frontline data informs new CMS/CDC guidance to help fight against COVID-19  Today, ...

Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

“Every day, heroic nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers are dedicating long hours to their patients. This means sacrificing time with their families and risking their very lives to care for coronavirus patients,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Front line healthcare prov ...

CMS Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

CMS is issuing an electronic toolkit regarding telehealth and telemedicine for Long Term Care Nursing Home Facilities. Under President Trump’s leadership to respond to the need to limit the spread of community COVID-19, CMS has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that bene ...

Trump Administration Engages America’s Hospitals in Unprecedented Data Sharing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the nation’s hospitals on behalf of Vice President Pence requesting they report data in connection with their efforts to fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, the Trump Administration is requestin ...

Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers

CMS NEWS 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 ...

COVID-19 News Alert for March 27

CMS approved additional state Medicaid waivers and amendments to give states flexibility to address the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in New York, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts and Maryland bringing the total number of 1135 waivers to 29. Additionally, CMS issued important guidance e ...

CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19

In keeping with its commitment to ensure states have the necessary tools to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an additional 11 state Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 of the Social Security Ac ...

Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Checklists and Tools to Accelerate Relief for State Medicaid & CHIP Programs

New tools to help speed states’ access to emergency flexibilities and resources Today, the Trump Administration released new tools to strip away regulatory red tape and unleash new resources to support state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel ...

CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of Ameri ...

Modification to ASAM 3.5

Due to the stress the COVID-19 pandemic is putting on our health care system, the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, in collaboration with Division of Mental Health and Addiction, will be enacting temporary modifications in the admission, documentation, service and prior author ...

CMS Releases Telehealth Toolkits for General Practitioners and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Providers

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two comprehensive toolkits on telehealth that are specific to general practitioners as well as providers treating patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Under President Trump’s leadership to respond to the need ...

IHCP Update – March 19

The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) posted the following important information to the provider website at in.gov/medicaid/providers on March 19, 2020 (unless alternate date is noted). Bulletins BT202022 – IHCP issues telemedicine billing guidance for providers during COVID-19 outb ...

COVID-19 Elective Surgeries and Non-Essential Procedures Recommendations

Yesterday at the White House Task Force Press Briefing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can find a copy ...

Updated FAQs: Medicaid and CHIP

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting an update to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) ...

CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus

NEWS ALERT March 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries  COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Frequent ...

CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries   CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response Earlier today at the White House Task ...

IHCP Update – March 18

The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) posted the following important information to the provider website at in.gov/medicaid/providers on March 17, 2020 (unless alternate date is noted). News and Announcements IHCP encourages providers to submit all transactions electronically during C ...

President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries    President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak CMS Outlines New Flexibilities Available to People with Medicare The Trump Adm ...

CMS Coronavirus Partner Virtual Toolkit

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CMS has released a Virtual Toolkit to help you stay up-to-date on CMS materials availabl ...

COVID-19 Nursing Home Visitor Guidance

On March 13, as part of the broader Trump Administration announcement, CMS announced critical new measures designed to keep America’s nursing home residents safe from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The measures take the form of a memorandum and is based on the newest recommendatio ...

Medicare FFS Response to COVID-19

CMS Takes Action Nationwide to Aggressively Respond to Coronavirus National Emergency The Trump Administration today announced aggressive actions and regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers and states respond to and contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-1 ...

CMS Publishes FAQs for Clear Information on Coverage Benefits for COVID-19

CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Publishes FAQs to Ensure Individuals, Issuers and States have Clear Information on Coverage Benefits for COVID-19 Information details existing federal rules governing health c ...

COVID-19 MAC Test Pricing

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting a fact sheet to the CMS.gov website to aid Medicare providers with information relating to the pricing of both the CDC and non CDC tests.  You can find the fact sheet here:  https://www.cms.gov/files/document/mac-cov ...

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you know, The Indiana State Department of Health is continuing to confirm more and more reports of positive cases of COVID-19. The ISDH is working with federal and local partners to respond to this evolving public health situation. In the early stages of an emerging infectious disease ou ...

Health Department updates COVID-19 case counts

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has updated its new COVID-19 online dashboard to reflect two additional presumptive positive cases. The patients reside in St. Joseph and Marion counties and are adults. The results include tests performed both at ISDH, the Cent ...

COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  CMS i ...

Health Officials Release Major Updates, New Recommendations for COVID-19 in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — Following Wednesday night’s announcement of the first reported coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the state, Mississippi State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH, and Mississippi Emergency Management Association(MEMA) Executive Director Gregory S. Michel held a press conf ...

CMS Issues Guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Respond to COVID-19

CMS Issues Guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Respond to COVID-19 Agency provides flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive unnecessary barriers that could prevent access to care Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking fu ...

Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network March 08, 2020, 8:20 PM ET CDCHAN-00429 Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN ...

Indiana State Heath Department Confirms First Case of COVID-19

March 6, 2020 | Indiana State Heath Department Confirms First Case of COVID-19 INDIANAPOLIS—Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Marion County resident with a recent history of trave ...

CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests

CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests Agency Issues Fact Sheets Detailing Coverage under Programs  March 5, 2020 | The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took additional actions to ensure America’s patients, healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories ...

CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus

March 4, 2020 | CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus CMS calls on all healthcare providers to activate infection control practices and issues guidance to inspectors as they inspect facilities affected by Coronavirus. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...