COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended

Alex Azar, the Secretar of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed a 90-day extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on Thursday, July 23, extending enforcement and payment flexibilities affecting home health, hospice, and other health care stakeholders. The PHE was set to expire on Saturday, July 25. “Today I signed…

OIG: CMS Could Save Money Reviewing Home Health Claims With Visits Slightly Above LUPA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could have saved $192 million by targeting home health claims for review with visits slightly above the threshold that triggers a higher Medicare payment, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services. Home health agencies…

HHS Releases Provider Relief Fund Reporting Details

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently released important information for providers regarding reporting requirements related to Provider Relief Fund (PRF) distributions.  In the notice, HHS informs PRF recipients that received one or more payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate from the PRF of the timing of future reporting requirements. Each recipient of…

HHS Extended Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Medicaid and CHIP

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program  is August 3, 2020. The deadline was July 20 but HHS extended the it to August 3. HHS also recently announced that there will be a webcast…

Office of Inspector General Adds Home Health Work Plan Item

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has added a new item, Analysis of New Rural Add-On Payment Methodology, to its Work Plan, which details various projects, including OIG audits and evaluations that are underway or planned to be addressed during the fiscal year and beyond, by OIG’s Office of Audit Services and Office of Evaluation…

HHS Delays Deadline for COVID-19 Provider Grant Reports

Health care providers who have received relief funds from the federal government will not have to submit a separate quarterly report to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) or the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the department quietly announced in a CARES Act FAQ on Saturday, June 13. Instead, HHS will develop its own…

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

RELATED STORY: HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 9, 2020, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in…

HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ

RELATED STORY: HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released another set of FAQs on the provider relief fund, which you can find HERE: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/index.html .  Within the FAQs is information about another distribution for hospitals in “High Impact” areas.…

HHS Issues Important Provider Relief Fund Clarifications

Since distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund began in April, there have been numerous issues that have arisen, and over recent weeks the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps to clarify a number of them. This article will highlight important guidance issued on June 2 related to the scope…

HHS Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release on Friday, May 22, extending the timeline for acceptance of Provider Relief Fund terms and conditions an additional 45 days. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or…