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CMS calls on all health care providers to activate infection control practices and issues guidance to inspectors as they inspect facilities affected by Coronavirus
On March 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several actions aimed at limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS is issuing a call to action to health care providers across the country to ensure they are implementing their infection control procedures, which they are required to maintain at all times. Additionally, CMS is announcing that, effective immediately and, until further notice, state survey agencies and accrediting organizations will focus their facility inspections exclusively on issues related to infection control and other serious health and safety threats, like allegations of abuse – beginning with nursing homes and hospitals. Critically, this shift in approach, first announced by Vice President Pence, will allow inspectors to focus their energies on addressing the spread of COVID-19.
Provider relief actions in response to COVID-19
05.13.2020 – A new FAQ has been added to the Opioid treatment program (OTP) Medicare benefit questions and
answers page, "Question #17. During COVID-19 how do I bill for OTP Therapy, Counseling and Periodic Assessments?" View explanation here
10.8.2020 – Special Edition - CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans Made to Providers During COVID-19 (URL coming soon)
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General Telehealth Articles
General Telehealth Resources
Note: For general coverage and billing information, please visit our Telehealth Specialty page (Part A) (Part B).
As part of the ongoing efforts taken in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides daily press releases. To view a comprehensive listing of press releases, visit the CMS Newsroom.