(May 8 – 14, 2020)

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HHS Updates FAQs on CARES Act Funds

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has released an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Cares Act Provider Relief Fund.  This document provides an overview of the program, discusses eligibility, and further explains the terms and conditions of the program.  The full document is available here.

CMS Issues New COVID-19 FAQs on Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a new set of Frequently Asked Questions relating to State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies.  These cover topics involving emergency preparedness and response, verification of application information, and benefit flexibilities, among other things.  The FAQ document is available here.

OIG Updates FAQ on Application of Enforcement Authorities

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has updated its Frequently Asked Questions relating to the application of its administrative enforcement authorities to arrangements directly connected to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  This document provides informal feedback that applies only to arrangements in existence solely during the time period subject to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  The document was last updated on May 14, 2020.  It is available here.

CMS Releases Video on Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services

CMS has made available a video that answers common questions about the expanded Medicare telehealth services benefit under its waiver authority.  It covers a broad range of topics, such as using telehealth for remote patient monitoring, the ability of home health agencies and hospice providers to use telehealth, and CARES Act changes relating to rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers.  The video is available here.