CMS Posts Dear Clinician Letter – April 7, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

CMS posted a letter to clinicians that outlines a summary of actions CMS has taken to ensure clinicians have maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to providing patient care during the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The summary includes information about telehealth and virtual visits, accelerated and advanced payments, and recent waiver information.

The 9-page Dear Clinician Letter addresses these topics:

  • Accelerated and Advanced Payments
  • Testing and Claims Reporting for COVID-19
  • Medicare Telehealth Visits
  • Virtual Check-ins
  • E-visits
  • Expanded Options for Telehealth Services
  • Workforce Flexibilities
  • CMS Quality Payment Program (pages 6 & 7 of the letter are identical – info is repeated)
  • Emergency Waivers: What does this mean to me in the care of my patients?
  • Caring for Your Patients: Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers (PDF) [Contains link to 35-page OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19]
  • Clinical and Technical Guidance Resources

The letter contains numerous resources so be sure to check those out.