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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.

CMS Publishes Fact Sheet for Contract Year 2021 MA and Part D Final Rule

CMS has published a fact sheet explaining certain topics from its May 22, 2020 final rule.  The primary purpose of this first final rule is to implement certain changes before the contract year 2021 bid deadline.  These changes stem from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the 21st Century Cures Act.  It also codifies several existing CMS policies and implements other technical changes.  The fact sheet is available here.

The Joint Commission at Work

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.

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