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Resources: Relief Programs, CMS and Medicaid Updates
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
President Trump is providing support to healthcare providers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that provide $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. This funding supports healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 and ensures uninsured Americans can get testing and treatment for COVID-19.
Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, and Frequently Asked Questions
CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s nursing homes are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19.
Nursing Home Compare website & Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System: We are announcing that the inspection domain will be held constant temporarily due to the prioritization and suspension of certain surveys, to ensure the rating system reflects fair information for consumers.
Posting of surveys: CMS will post a list of the surveys conducted after the prioritization of certain surveys, and their findings, through a link on the Nursing Home Compare website.
Nursing Home Staff: CMS is publishing a list of the average number of nursing and total staff that work onsite in each nursing home, each day. This information can be used to help direct adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing to nursing homes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): We are releasing a list of FAQs to clarify certain actions we have taken related to visitation, surveys, waivers, and other guidance.
CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program
On April 26, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (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.
See the latest news and updates from Governor Beshear.
MEDICAID PROVIDER LETTER
This memo from the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services gives details for the following updates.
Effective April 1, 2020, Medicaid Rate add-on of $270 for COVID-19 positive patients.
Effective April 24, 2020, Medicaid is implementing a temporary process for Medicaid eligibility.
Effective April 1, 2020 Medicaid will be increasing the bed reservation days to 30 per calendar year through the state of emergency.