Special Bulletin

 The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to expand our minds. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily basis, in an attempt to ease administrative and logistical burdens on providers amid the…
Funds for the Paycheck Protection Program expected to dry up today. Congress appears to be at a stalemate in providing another COVID-19 stimulus package – on the same day that funding has run out from the previous stimulus passed just three weeks ago. Amid partisan polarization not seen in earlier…
The Chicago-area producers of the coveted new testing kits plan to generate 20 million units per month by June. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily basis, in an attempt to ease administrative…
EDITOR’S NOTE: RACmonitor asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch to monitor the CMS townhall conference call on Tuesday. The following is his summary of that call. In a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) town hall call on April 14, CMS took questions from across the country on COVID-19 billing and…
The federal agency has announced waivers on a rolling basis over the last month. Federal officials announced over the weekend that they would be waiving costs of COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related services for the privately insured.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), together with the U.S.…
The move comes on the heels of other regulations also being suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended a series of rules in order to allow healthcare facilities nationwide to bolster their medical staffs, federal officials announced Thursday. Specifically, the…
The insurer giant is also waiving the audio-visual component requirement.   The nation’s second-largest healthcare insurer announced this week that it is waiving telehealth site restrictions and audio-visual mandates amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. UnitedHealthcare (UHC) made the announcement via an update to its online resource library on Wednesday, saying that…
The former HHS Inspector General and AHA have rallied to the defense of the report’s architect.   A report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) describes a dystopian scenario of American hospitals reeling badly from the COVID-19 viral…