Special Bulletin

March 23, 2020---The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) has clarified its position on the use of swing beds, saying that swing beds can accept patients without a three-day inpatient stay. In a question and answer response to the issue, CMS stated the following: Q. Does waiving the requirement…
The regulatory landscape is rapidly changing in the wake of the coronavirus. EDITOR’S NOTE: As with last week, RACmonitor asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president of R1 RCM, to summarize the most pertinent regulatory changes recently arising. The following is a transcript of his reporting today on Monitor Mondays. “First,…
The uncomfortable truth about the coronavirus pandemic? A near-total and indefinite shutdown of American life is probably just the beginning.   EDITOR’S NOTE: Veteran RACmonitor and ICD10monitor Editor and Correspondent Mark Spivey has spent the last week with his wife at their home in Monmouth County, New Jersey, working remotely…
Vulnerable seniors, especially those with underlying health conditions, have been of particular concern to those working to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Federal authorities have rolled out guidance for entities that serve senior populations, which are of particular concern to the nationwide corps of healthcare professionals seeking to curb the ongoing…
On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump issued a national emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating several key implications for care management and utilization review professionals. This declaration led to what is called a 1135 waiver, which gives the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) broad authority…
The declaration comes on Friday the 13th long considered a harbinger of bad luck. Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump declared a national state of emergency today, as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout America, disrupting daily life for people, places, and commerce. The declaration came at the end…
Request is to invoke emergency powers to issue an 1135 disaster and emergency waiver of certain regulations. As updates on the COVID-19 pandemic change day by day, and the number of cases in the U.S. climbs, hospitals are starting to see the effects. In Seattle, it has been reported that…
The federal agency has recommended that healthcare workers self-report symptoms and not work if ill. EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a call to update the provider community on the latest guidance related to COVID-19. During the call, several CDC physicians described…