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Mar 31st, 2020
An unprecedented “relaxation” in regulatory guidelines will give U.S. hospitals and non-traditional care sites a fighting chance to meet the high demand of COVID-19 hospitalizations expected in the coming weeks. The Trump administration issued, March 30, regulatory waivers and guidelines in the form of an interim final rule, to be implemented immediately. Loosening Criteria for ...
Quality data submission may be optional in the months ahead. If you’re struggling to compile your Medicare quality reporting data, relief is in sight. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering much needed assistance with extensions to submission deadlines and additional hardship exceptions. “CMS recognizes that ...
Mar 23rd, 2020
 CMS wants all providers to cancel or postpone all low-acuity surgeries. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is limiting “all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures, including dental, until further notice,” according to statement the agency released March 18. This measure is designed to have a twofold effect: increase the amount of ventilators and ...
Mar 20th, 2020
Amidst a pandemic unprecedented in modern times, the long-term care industry is scrambling to keep vulnerable nursing facility residents safe. Recent updates indicate that the repercussions will extend at least through fall, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releasing a bare-bones announcement that the proposed updates to the Minimum Data Set (MDS), ...
Mar 18th, 2020
Certain HIPAA sanctions and penalties are being waived for hospitals during the nationwide emergency concerning COVID-19. Which Privacy Rule Provisions Are Waived? Effective March 15, 2020, covered hospitals will not be held to comply with the following provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule: The requirements to obtain a patient’s agreement to speak with family members ...