(May 22 – 28, 2020)

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HHS Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has announced a 45-day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund.  This means that providers now have 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds.  The announcement is available here.

CMS Updates FAQ for Medicare Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has updated a Frequently Asked Questions document on its website that is intended to assist Medicare providers.  The document focuses on topics relating to Medicare Fee-for-Service billing and certain changes effected by COVID-19 legislation and regulation.  To access the document, click here.

Regular Surveys and Reviews Resuming in June

The Joint Commission announced that regular surveys and reviews will resume in June with extra safety considerations.  In a blog post listed yesterday, The Joint Commission explained how it will employ certain physical distancing practices to ensure the safety of all parties.  These practices include limiting the numbers of individuals in group sessions, minimizing the number of people accompanying the surveyor, and using masks and PPE.  To access the full blog post, click here.