Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “CMS today (March 30, 2020) is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  These temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S.…… Continue reading Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131 “Update”

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP        Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS-R-131 is issued by providers (including independent laboratories, home health agencies, and hospices), physicians, practitioners, and suppliers to Original Medicare (fee for service – FFS) beneficiaries in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. The ABN is issued in order to transfer potential…… Continue reading Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131 “Update”

COVID-19 Special Edition – MLN Matters

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted a MLN Matters Special Edition on March 26, 2020.  This edition focuses on: 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Enforcing Open Payments Deadlines Beneficiary Notice Delivery Guidance in Light of COVID-19 Be sure…… Continue reading COVID-19 Special Edition – MLN Matters

Recent CMS Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare As we all know, CMS, CDC and the White House Task Force on COVID-19 are working constantly on this pandemic.   Today (March 26, 2020) issued another summary of recent CMS activities in the form of this Press Release which includes a lot of information: CMS…… Continue reading Recent CMS Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19

Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has a designated website for information on all things related to COVID-19 specimens: collecting, handling and testing.  This website details when changes are made to guidelines and where to find additional information – an easy to follow timeline of changes. Here are 2 recent…… Continue reading Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19

COVID-19 Workers Get Training to Protect Their Own Health

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 23, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new website with important educational resources for coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19.  “The initiative got underway after Congress passed a supplemental appropriation of $10 million on March 6 “for worker-based training to…… Continue reading COVID-19 Workers Get Training to Protect Their Own Health