March 30, 2020

CMS Announces Financial Relief Package for Medicare Providers

On Friday, March 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers. The intent of the program is to ensure that providers have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program expansion, which includes changes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is an attempt by CMS to lessen the financial hardships of providers facing extraordinary challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that providers can focus on patient care. There has been significant disruption to the healthcare industry, with providers being asked to delay non-essential surgeries and procedures, other healthcare staff […]
March 27, 2020

CMS Announces Waivers and Changes to Medicare QPP in Response to COVID-19

On March 22, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs. The action comes as part of the Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19. CMS is implementing policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming measure reporting and data submission deadlines for several CMS programs due to “the additional extreme and uncontrollable circumstances.” For those programs with data submission deadlines in April and May 2020, submission of those data will be optional, based on the facility’s choice to report. CMS recognizes that quality measure data collection and reporting for services furnished during […]
February 28, 2020

CMS Opens Medicare Open Payments Network Reporting for Calendar Year 2019

Surgeons who are treat Medicare patients are required to submit information under the CMS Open Payment system. Medicare Reporting entities are currently submitting Program Year 2019 data. In order to participate in upcoming Open Payments program activities, physicians and teaching hospitals must be registered in the Open Payments system: If you registered last year, you do not need to register again. If it has been over 180 days since you logged in, your account is deactivated for security purposes. Contact the Open Payments Help Desk. The review and dispute period is targeted to begin in April 2020. For more information: Open Payments Resources Contact the Help Desk at openpayments@cms.hhs.govor 855-326-8366 (TTY: 844-649-2766)
January 29, 2020

ISASS, Medical Community Submit Comments to CMS on Presidential Executive Order on Medicare Reform

On January 15, ISASS was a signatory to a letter to CMS in response to a Request for Information issued by CMS after the White House Executive Order issued on Oct. 3, 2019. In that Executive Order, President Trump issued an Executive Order on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.” While the Executive Order does not provide legislative or regulatory specifications, it raises policy areas that the President believes need to be addressed to improve the Medicare program. The Executive Order aims to expand enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to make them more attractive to seniors than the traditional fee-for-service program. Within one year, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is asked to propose regulations and implement other administrative […]