Coronavirus: A Shortlist for Healthcare Administrators & Operations

Coronavirus: A Shortlist for Healthcare Administrators & Operations

by Joseph D'Allegro, March 18, 2020

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 30: Hospitals & Medicare — CMS announced sweeping temporary regulatory changes. They allow hospitals to set up remote services and provide additional benefits to their medical staff, plus create a simplified way to enroll providers in Medicare.
March 29: Hospitals — The White House directed hospitals to report COVID-19 testing data to HHS, and data on bed capacity and supplies to the CDC.
March 28: Medicare — CMS expanded its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program for Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers that meet certain requirements. 
March 27: MIPS — CMS issued a factsheet about the 2019 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) submission deadline extension to April 30, and the neutral payment adjustment granted eligible clinicians who do not submit data for the year. 

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 23: Tests Quest and Labcorp placed information on how to get Coronavirus tests on their sites.

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 with questions.

March 17: TelemedicineMedicare allowed reimbursement for virtual patient check-ins. 

March 13: Medicare, Medicaid & CHIPHHS 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

For additional resources, please refer to updates to HHS’ patient privacy updates, and CMS’ Coronavirus Partner Toolkit of resources and guidance for practices, caregivers, and the general public.

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.