Entries by Joseph Steinbock

Coronavirus Update for April 6, 2020

The following is the latest information from federal regulators and others as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6. Federal Funding Opportunities for Hospitals NASH has prepared a document that collects and presents in one place the various new federal funding opportunities for hospitals resulting from legislation addressing the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Find that […]

Coronavirus Update for April 3, 2020

The following is the latest information from federal regulators and others as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3. NASH Writes to Secretary Azar NASH has written to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar asking him to distribute, as soon as possible, the $100 billion designated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security […]

NASH Asks Azar to Distribute CARES Act Money Now

“Distribute as soon as possible the $100 billion designated in the [CARES] Act to assist health care providers as they deal head-on with the biggest public health crisis our country has faced in more than a century,” NASH asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a letter to Azar on Friday. In the […]

Coronavirus Update: April 2, 2020

The following is the latest information from federal regulators and others as of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  The CDC has published official and detailed ICD-10-CM coding and reporting guidelines for COVID-19 and COVID-19-related medical problems.  These instructions took effect on April 1 and extend through September 30. The CDC […]

Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020. Medicaid DSH The following is a revised schedule of Medicaid DSH allotment cuts.   Before CARES After CARES FFY 2020 $4 Billion $0 FFY 2021 $8 Billion $4 Billion FFY 2022 $8 Billion $8 Billion FFY 2023 $8 Billion $8 Billion FFY 2024 $8 Billion $8 Billion FFY 2025 $8 […]

Coronavirus Update: March 31, 2020

Coronavirus Update: March 31, 2020. Yesterday the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a major update of Medicare and Medicaid regulations that included blanket waivers of a large number of Medicare and Medicaid regulations and requirements.  The following is a summary of the major aspects of this new regulation. New Policies and […]

Coronavirus Update for March 30, 2020

NASH’s coronavirus update for March 30, 2020 as of 4:15 today. The White House Vice President Pence has written to all hospitals asking them to provide to the Department of Health and Human Services daily statistics on all of their in-house COVID-19 testing and results. The White House has published its executive order on exercising […]

Coronavirus Update: March 27, 2020

Coronavirus Update: March 27, 2020:  The following is the latest information from Congress, federal regulators, and others as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Congress The House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by the Senate late Wednesday.  It now goes to the president for his […]

MedPAC Offers 2021 Medicare Rate Recommendations

MedPAC has recommended to Congress changes in Medicare payment rates in the coming year. In its annual report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended the following rate changes: acute-care hospitals – a two percent rate increase and a suggestion that the difference between this two percent increase and the payment increase specified by […]

NASH Asks Feds for Resources for Hospitals

Private safety-net hospitals will need federal financial support to help in the fight against COVID-19. That was the message the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals sent in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma. The letter explained that Hospitals need consistent, reliable, adequate cash flow to support the challenge ahead.  […]