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$24.5B in Phase 3 Provider Relief Begins Arriving Dec. 16
The Phase 3 distribution was open to a broad array of provider types including, but not limited to: assisted living, adult day programs, home and community-based service providers, and of course, nursing homes, hospitals, dentists and physicians. Originally, $20 billion in PRF was set aside for the Phase 3 distribution but as ...
MedPAC Drafts Payment Recommendations for 2022
The December meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) focused on draft recommendations that will be voted on in January for inclusion in the annual March Report to Congress. Domains of analysis focus on beneficiary access to care, quality of care, providers’ access to capital, and Medicare margins. The recommendations ...
CDC and State Guidance on Thanksgiving: Travel and Gatherings
Both the CDC and some states have issued targeted guidance to assist the general public, as well as businesses, to make informed and, ideally, safe decisions regarding holiday travel and gatherings for Thanksgiving. In this article, we summarize and offer ‘essential highlights’ from the voluminous guidance ...
Home Health Agencies Receive 2% Update
Payment Update The rule establishes a 2.0% payment update for CY 2021 based on the statutory formula. While we recommended that CMS take into account the unprecedented cost of supplies due to the pandemic and increase the payment in response, it was noted that they “do not yet have the claims and cost report data ...
White House Summarizes Steps Taken for Older Adults; Many LeadingAge Concerns Unaddressed as Crisis Continues
Today’s White House Webinar on the Trump Administration’s support of older adults and vulnerable populations ravaged by COVID featured remarks by Vice President Mike Pence; HHS Secretary Alex Azar; CMS Administrator Seema Verma; HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir; and Rear Admiral John Polowczyk. ...