COVID-19 Resource Center
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: CMS PHE Survey Activity — During the Public Health Emergency, CMS has refocused its survey activities. CMS is conducting focused infection control surveys across the nation and is at times are doing the surveys remotely.
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program, CMS List Serve, April 25, 2020 – On April 25th CMS announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. The agency made this announcement following the successful payment of over $100 billion to healthcare providers and suppliers through these programs and in light of the $175 billion recently appropriated for healthcare provider relief payments.
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: Telehealth Resources, NHPCO NewsBriefs, April 24, 2020 – A new website, Telehealth.HHS.gov went live April 23, 2020 to provide information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services. It provides helpful information about telemedicine and links to tools and resources for practitioners. Accompanying the release, the Surgeon General released a blog directed to healthcare providers, urging them to join the telehealth revolution. He notes that healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to integrate telemedicine into their practice.
HOME HEALTH and HOSPICE: COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns, NHPCO News Briefs, April 24, 2020 – This collection provides a curated set of resources and tools for decision-makers managing healthcare workforce challenges in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
HOSPICE: CMS Holds Home Health and Hospice Stakeholder Call, NHPCO NewsBriefs, April 22, 2020 – On April 21, CMS held a Home Health and Hospice Stakeholder Call, in which they answered two questions that many hospice providers have asked in recent days.
HOME HEALTH: CMS Revises Memo on Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19, NAHC Report, April 23, 2020 – The Quality, Safety, and Oversight Group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised a memo addressing guidance for infection control and prevention concerning COVID-19 in home health agencies (HHAs) and religious nonmedical healthcare institutions (RNHIs). The memo was originally released on March 10, 2020 and was revised April 23, 2020. Even though it is titled for home health agencies and RNHIs, there is additional information about CMS waivers and regulations, CDC guidance for optimizing personal protective equipment and return to work criteria for healthcare personnel with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Please read more regarding HHA access to residents in assisted living and independent living facilities.
>>>RCD/PDGM UPDATES –
CANCELLED – OCHCH WEEKLY PDGM/RCD CALL - FRIDAY, May 1, 2020
If you have PDGM or RCD QUESTIONS PLEASE SEND THEM TO firstname.lastname@example.org
Use PDGM or RCD as the subject title.
If you need OCHCH to contact Palmetto GBA regarding a PCR NON-AFFIRMATION,
Please e-mail a short description and the UTN and your provider number.
DO NOT e-mail any info that could be non-compliant with the HIPAA regulations
Please check out the toolkits for PDGM and also RCD!
>>>RCD UPDATES –
We Are Going Green with RCD Cycle Results eLetters, Palmetto GBA – Palmetto GBA is going green with RCD Cycle Results eLetters. We will send home health agencies their RCD Cycle Results via eLetter in eServices. Please review and share with your staff.
RCD Tip: Using the Correct Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN), Palmetto GBA – If you are a part of a Home Health Agency (HHA) with more than one location and multiple PTANs, please make sure you are using the correct PTAN when submitting Pre-claim Review (PCR) requests.
RCD for Ohio’s Home Health Services Has Been PAUSED
Ohio Providers Transition to Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) Cycle Two, Palmetto GBA – Beginning May 1, 2020, you will be able to choose the next round’s review option. Typically, the selection period is open for a two-week period. Due to the current Public Health Emergency (PHE) related to COVID-19, the last day to make a selection has not yet been determined. Palmetto GBA will announce the last day to make a selection as soon as possible on our website and via email update. If you are not signed up for the Palmetto GBA email updates, please visit https://tinyurl.com/GetListserv to sign up
Don’t Wait - Register NOW! WEBINAR – “Ohio Providers Transition to Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) Cycle Two by Palmetto GBA, Friday, May 1, 2020 – 10am-11:30am