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HHS Releases COVID-19 CARES Funding Relief FAQs for Skilled Nursing Facilities – Details on Distribution Calculations and Use of Funds

[06/03/20]

Posted on June 3, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) updated its Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The latest revisions are dated May 26 and 29, 2020 and June 2, 2020 and include new FAQs and modifications to existing FAQs. A Hall Render alert on those revisions and updates is here. HHS added FAQs... READ MORE

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HHS Distributing $4.9B in COVID-19 CARES Funding Relief to Skilled Nursing Facilities – Five Actions to Take Now

[05/22/20]

Posted on May 22, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it will begin to deliver nearly $4.9 billion from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Provider Relief Fund (sometimes referred to as the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund) on May 22, 2020 to skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”). Purpose? HHS intends for SNFs to... READ MORE

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Policy Updates to Compliance Program Needed When Creating “COVID-19 Ready” Skilled Nursing Facilities and Units

[05/18/20]

Posted on May 18, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

States like Indiana, Connecticut and Maine are offering to pay nursing homes a higher per diem for COVID-19 presumptive residents or a higher percentage reimbursement rate if a nursing home qualifies as a “COVID-19 ready” facility, as discussed in our recent article here. As nursing homes assess, plan for and take actions to qualify... READ MORE

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CMS Flexibilities for Relocation of Provider-Based Hospital Departments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

[05/07/20]

Posted on May 7, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recognizing that hospitals need additional flexibilities and financial stability to combat COVID‑19, CMS published in a second Interim Final Rule enabling hospitals to temporarily relocate excepted off-campus and on-campus provider-based hospital departments without losing the ability to receive payment for hospital outpatient services paid under the outpatient prospective payment system (“OPPS”). Despite this increased... READ MORE

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Some Is Good, But More (Reporting) Is Better – 9 Key Points on the New Skilled Nursing CDC COVID-19 Reporting Regulations

[05/01/20]

Posted on May 1, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released 279 pages of interim final regulations to add a new provision at 42 CFR 483.80(g)(1), to require facilities to electronically report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) information about COVID-19 in a standardized format specified by CMS. What... READ MORE

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Ten Takeaways from the CMS “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” Q&A on Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities Issues

[04/27/20]

Posted on April 27, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Visitation, residents leaving and returning, telephone surveys, hospitalized patients being discharged to a nursing home and other issues have been challenging for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and nursing facilities (“NFs”) (in this alert, SNFs and NFs are collectively Long‑Term Care Facilities “LTC Facilities”) as they navigate the evolving government guidance. On April 24, 2020,... READ MORE

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CMS to Require Nursing Homes to Report COVID-19 Cases to CDC, Residents and Resident Representatives

[04/20/20]

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The reporting and disclosure of COVID-19 positive cases have been a hot button issue for nursing homes (“NHs”). On April 19, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Upcoming Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID‑19 Persons under Investigation) Among Residents... READ MORE

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