Last updated: March 31, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Governor Phil Murphy and the White House have each taken numerous actions to help diagnose and treat COVID-19.
We’ve tracked the state and federal announcements that are most important to healthcare office managers and administrators, to ease their burden.
March 23: NJ Promoting Interoperability — The NJ Medicaid Agency gave the state’s Promoting Interoperability Program participants until June 30 to submit 2019 attestations.
March 23: Medicaid Waivers — CMS approved Medicaid waivers for 11 more states to relax enrollment and other requirements. This includes New Jersey, where pre-admission screening and other requirements were suspended or relaxed.
March 22: Medicaid & CHIP — CMS released new tools to support state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) including modified rules for payment.
March 22: Quality Reporting Extensions — CMS granted extensions and exemptions for Promoting Interoperability (PI), the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and other Medicare programs.
March 20: Telemedicine — CMS issued a toolkit for general practitioners to implement telemedicine services, for treating patients remotely.
March 19: Telemedicine — Governor Murphy signed legislation expanding telehealth service access and expediting the licensing of out-of-state professionals.
March 18: Patient Hotline/Triage — Governor Murphy announced that NJ 211 has been activated to help handle COVID-19 related calls from New Jersey residents.
March 17: DSRIP — The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) reporting deadline was extended past March 31. Email NJDSRIP@pcgus.com with questions.
March 17: Telemedicine — Medicare allowed reimbursement for virtual patient check-ins.
March 13: Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP — HHS waived program restrictions for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP.
March 12: Billing Codes— CMS posted codes and payment amounts determined by Local Medicare Administrative Contractors.
March 12: Benefits & Coverage — CMS issued a fact sheet on Essential Health Benefit (EHB) coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
Updated Regularly: Business Guidance — The New Jersey Business Action Center has been keeping up-to-date info on statewide rules affecting businesses.
Updated Regularly: Business Guidance — The White House coronavirus task force has been updating information and guidelines for businesses.
If you have questions or concerns about any changes in programs, policy or regulations and how they impact your obligations and deadlines please contact us.