Tell CMS Your Innovative Approaches & Best Practices

We want your solutions! Send your responses to katie@nahc.org ASAP! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a request for information (RFI) on innovative approaches and best practices in health care in response to the COVID19 pandemic. CMS recognizes that providers have rapidly reengineered their policies and programs for both COVID–19 and non-…

Lost Fundraising Revenues May Count as Patient Care Costs under Provider Relief Fund

PRF FAQs Clarifies Treatment of Lost Fundraising Revenues Since creation of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) under the CARES Act, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued numerous clarifications related to the PRF and its allowed uses.  In the latest series of updates, HHS has provided a clarification related to fundraising losses,…

Cyber Alert:  Ransomware Activity Targeting the Health care and Public Health Sector

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. health care providers and hospitals. CISA, FBI, and HHS have released AA20-302A Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector that…

COVID -19 Therapeutic Receives Emergency Use Authorization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that starting November 12, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency (PHE). CMS’ coverage of monoclonal antibody infusions applies to bamlanivimab, which received an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S.…

ONC Further Extends Compliance Dates for CURES Act Provisions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released an interim final rule with comment period that extends the compliance dates and timeframes necessary to meet certain requirements related to information blocking and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification (CoC/MoC) requirements issued in the ONC’s Cures…

CMS Proposes to Develop Standard Measures for HCBS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to develop standard measures to use across the home and community-based services (HCBS) system for voluntary use by states, managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) plans, providers and other entities to address the gaps and recommendations identified in the report. Specifically, it recommends that the…

Office for Civil Rights Issues Resource Document on HIPAA and IT Asset Inventories

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published, as  part of its Summer 2020 Cybersecurity Newsletter, a resource document to assist covered entities in conduction of an effective risk analysis to ensure compliance with the Security Rule.  The OCR is tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and…

Feds Announce $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will release $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, HHS announced on Thursday, October 1. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will…

Feds Issue Health Care Malware Warning

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a warning to health care providers about the Taidoor Malware being used by the Chinese government. The warning from the OCR and the Assistant Secretar for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) includes a warning about malware, as well as response…

CMS Seeks Input on Quality Measures for HCBS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for Information(IRFI) seeking public input on a draft set of recommended quality measures for Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS). CMS and states have worked for decades to support the increased availability and provision of high quality HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries. HCBS provide…