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COVID-19 Tools & Resources: HHS/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

LeadingAge Michigan is the convener for policy and advocacy discussions around critical senior issues for not-for-profit and mission based providers. We partner with a broad base of like-minded entities focused on policies that support member ability to serve Michigan seniors. This page is designed to provide a current set of resources that will assist in maintaining a safe and calm environment during the potential pandemic that is now developing.











CMS April 2, 2020 Updated Guidance for Long Term Care 





Nursing homes must immediately ensure that they are currently complying with infection control guidance especially hand hygiene, utilize the infection control self- assessment, and follow CDC guidance for nursing homes and conservation of PPE. Additionally, symptom screening must be conducted for all you are entering the facility.










CMS Expands the Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program







In order to increase cash flow to providers of services and suppliers impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded our current Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. The expansion of this program is only for the duration of the public health emergency. Interested members can review a CMS fact sheet.









Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief For Medicare Providers





On Saturday, CMS released notice that they have approved a streamlined accelerate advanced payment process for all Medicare providers. Attached is the fact sheet referenced as well as several MACs request forms (Request for Accelerated Payment Form, Form Approved Form, NGS Request Form). We will be confirming the process to obtain advance payments with various MACs shortly.



CMS Beneficiary Notice Delivery Guidance


CMS Beneficiary Notice Delivery Guidance provides flexibilities for delivering notices.





Enhanced Medicaid Funding



CMS has released FAQs regarding the increase in the amount of federal assistance to states for Medicaid.






Resources for State Agencies for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services

LeadingAge has issued an article on CMS COVID-19 Resources for state agencies related to home and community based services.








CMS Announces Focused Surveys for Acute and Continuing Care Providers





All non-nursing home providers are also encouraged to review this guidance that includes survey requirements for certified Medicare/Medicaid providers and also applies a template for other residential settings. Members can access QSO-20-20-ALL and the LeadingAge Michigan Summary for Acute and Continuing Care Providers.





CMS Announces Focused Survey Process for Nursing Homes


CMS has created a focused but also enhanced survey process, including a member self-assessment tool for use during the viral outbreak. Members can access QSO-20-20-ALL and the LeadingAge Michigan Summary for Nursing Homes and a streamlined version of the Infection Control Tool here




CMS PACE Guidance






Medicare Payment Amounts for COVID-19 Testing






CMS 1135 Waivers and Nursing Home Visitation Guidance under CMS






QSO 20-18-HHA


CMS updated guidance includes information for home health workers about assessing risk before entering homes or shortly thereafter.




QSO 20-14-NH Revised


LeadingAge Michigan Summary




QSO-20-15 Hospital/EMTALA



Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)





QSO-20-16 Hospice



Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by Hospice Agencies





QSO – 20-14-NH Revised



Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes (REVISED)





QSO – 20-14-NH



Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes




QSO – 20-13 Hospitals


Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge






Suspension of Survey Activities






QSO 20-10 CLIA




Notification to Surveyors of the Authorization for Emergency Use of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Assay and Guidance for Authorized Laboratories





QSO 20-09-ALL



Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness (2019-nCoV)




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