Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
In case you’re looking for a comprehensive guide that explains Medicare changes during the COVID-19 pandemic from a beneficiary perspective, look no further than COVID-19: An Advocates Guide to Beneficiary-Related Medicare Changes. You’ll also find that it is a great, quick guide for healthcare providers as well. This 35-page guide was compiled by the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy, established in 1986, is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan law organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain access to Medicare and quality health care. The Center is headquartered in Connecticut and Washington, DC with additional attorneys throughout the country. Check out their website – you’ll find a plethora of information. On the right side of their homepage, you’ll find a link to sign up for CMA Alerts. I always find them to be very helpful as are their webinars.
Here’s a look at the Table of Contents of this Guide:
“The global COVID-19 crisis has led to many changes in health care rules, including in the Medicare program. Most of the changes are slated to be temporary, but advocates will need to watch which provisions do and do not remain after the crisis. While a number of the changes affect health care providers, including payment and waivers of certain requirements, this Advocates Guide focuses on COVID crisis changes that relate to beneficiaries and their access to covered care. The Guide describes but does not analyze or critique these changes.