Special Bulletin

A familiar development emerges amid unprecedented regulatory change.   Amid unprecedented regulatory upheaval recently instilled by the ongoing COVID-19 viral pandemic, federal officials unveiled a familiar sight earlier this week, when they issued a new proposed rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…
Acute-care hospitals are to use their beds for “swing services” when necessary. EDITOR’S NOTE: In a surprise move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new waiver on May 11, allowing all acute-care hospitals to use their beds for “swing bed services” when necessary. Dr. Ronald Hirsch,…
Long-term care facilities nationwide have been particularly hard-hit by the viral pandemic.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a memo and FAQ sheet in advance of an interim final rule, expected to be released on Friday, that will update notification requirements for confirmed and suspected…
The ousting of Christi A. Grimm comes amid a series of OIG removals, developments that are concerning lawmakers and editorial boards alike.   “The first messenger that gave notice of Lucullus’s coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes, that he had his head cut off for his pains; and no…
As the nation continues to reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, a silver lining could be that the art of storytelling may be making a comeback.  EDITOR’S NOTE: Veteran RACmonitor and ICD10monitor Copy Editor and Correspondent Mark Spivey has spent the last seven weeks with his wife at their home in…
The federal agency has been churning out waivers and adjustments on a rolling basis during recent weeks. Another day, another set of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory adjustments amid the continuing COVID-19 viral pandemic. But this one is a little different. The federal agency unveiled yet another…
The window for action is anticipated to be short. 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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.…
The House vote on the package is expected on Thursday. The Senate voted today for more funding for small businesses and hospitals that have been negatively affected by COVID-19. After a midnight call Monday night between Democrats and the Trump Administration, the U.S. Senate passed more funding for COVID-19 stimulus…