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Today in Washington – April 8, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/08/20]

Posted on April 8, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Wednesday, April 8 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – April 6, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Monday, April 6 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook The House and Senate remain in recess until at least... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/31/20]

Posted on March 31, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Tuesday, March 31 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ HHS, FEMA Create Supply Chain Task Force HHS and the Federal Emergency... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – March 30, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/30/20]

Posted on March 30, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Monday, March 30 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ CMS Updates Waivers & Flexibilities Late this afternoon, CMS updated the waivers... READ MORE

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CMS Activates Accelerated Payment Program Nationwide as Part of COVID-19 Response

[03/29/20]

Posted on March 29, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 28, 2020, CMS published a Press Release announcing an expansion of its existing accelerated payment program (“APP”) to help providers and suppliers access emergency funding needed to support operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Press Release includes a Fact Sheet with details about eligibility, funding amounts, processing and how the funds are... READ MORE

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COVID-19 Guidance for Home Health Agencies

[03/18/20]

Posted on March 18, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 10, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in Home Health Agencies (“HHAs”)” (“QSO Memo”) that announced recommendations for HHAs regarding taking appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID-19... READ MORE

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CMS Offers COVID-19 Guidance and Flexibility to PACE Programs

[03/18/20]

Posted on March 18, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Fahey, Sean J.

On March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum titled “Information for PACE Organizations Regarding Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” (“CMS Memo”) that announced COVID‑19 guidance for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) program organizations (“PACE Organization”). The PACE program is a... READ MORE

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CMS Memo Offers Additional Revised COVID-19 Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities

[03/16/20]

Posted on March 16, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 13, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a second revision of a memorandum entitled “Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in nursing homes (REVISED)” (“QSO Memo”) that announced recommendations for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) regarding restricting visitors, transfers... READ MORE

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CMS Suspends Most Non-Emergency Inspections Across the United States with Goal to Focus on Infectious Diseases and Abuse

[03/06/20]

Posted on March 6, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 4, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Suspension of Survey Activities” (“QSO Memo”) to announce that it is suspending non-emergency inspections across the United States so that inspectors may focus on infectious diseases and abuse. CMS states this... READ MORE

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Emergency! OIG SNF Audits Reveal Failure to Comply with Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Regulations

[02/13/20]

Posted on February 13, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Most skilled nursing facilities are not correctly complying with life safety requirements or emergency preparedness requirements, according to three recent reports by the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OIG recently issued three reports on its audits of life safety requirements or emergency preparedness requirements:... READ MORE

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