Health Policy Update for Tuesday, March 30

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30.

Medicare Sequestration

  • In anticipation of possible congressional action to extend the two percent sequester reduction suspension, CMS has instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021 for a short period without affecting providers’ cash flow.  This will minimize the volume of claims the MACs must reprocess if Congress extends the suspension.  The MACs will automatically reprocess any claims paid with the reduction applied if necessary.  NASH has been a strong proponent of extending the suspension of the Medicare sequester.

The White House

COVID-19

  • The White House has posted a fact sheet explaining that President Biden will announce that 90 percent of the adult U.S. population will be eligible for vaccination and 90 percent will have a vaccination site within five miles of their home by April 19.  The key elements of the plan are:
  • Expanding vaccines to 20,000 more local pharmacies, bringing the total to nearly 40,000 pharmacies across the country by April 19.
  • Launching a new effort to get the most vulnerable and at-risk seniors and people with disabilities vaccinated.
  • Expanding the number of mass vaccination centers across the country.
  • The White House has posted a transcript of the March 29 press briefing provided by its COVID-19 response team and public health officials.

Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19

  • HHS, the CDC, and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will spend nearly $100 million to help increase vaccinations among older adults and people with disabilities.  With funding from the CDC, the ACL will award nearly $93 million in grants to aging and disability networks in every state and territory.  This effort will include an additional $5 million in funding for national hotlines to help older adults and people with disabilities register for vaccinations and to connect them with local disability and aging agencies that can provide services and supports necessary to obtain them.  Learn more from HHS’s announcement of this initiative.

Health Policy News

  • HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for FY 2021 screening, brief intervention, and referral-to-treatment grants.  The purpose of this program is to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral-to-treatment services for children, adolescents, and/or adults in primary care and community health settings with a focus on screening for underage drinking, opioid use, and other substance use.  Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit health care or behavioral health care systems such as hospital systems, pediatric health care providers, children’s hospitals, and community health or behavioral health centers, HMOs, PPOs, and FQHC systems.  Applications are due April 19.  Learn more from the SAMHSA announcement.
  • HHS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has announced that its request for applications to participate in an aspect of its Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model designed to involve 20 rural-focused accountable care organizations will be delayed from April of 2021 to the spring of 2022.  Learn more here.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19

  • CMS has issued section 1135 waivers to Texas, Nevada, and Kentucky.  1135 waivers give states greater flexibility to serve their Medicaid beneficiaries during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Health Policy News

  • In a message to state survey agencies, CMS announced that it has lifted the previously extended 30-day survey suspension for hospitals.  Survey activity will resume in accordance with previous non-long-term-care guidance.  Under the suspension, surveys had been limited to immediate jeopardy complaint allegations posing imminent danger to patients at the hospital, non-compliance with Medicare hospital conditions of participation, and matters requiring immediate action to be taken to protect the health and safety of patients.  Hospital recertification surveys were suspended except for a subset of hospital re-accreditation surveys under guidance provided to the accrediting organizations.  Hospital enforcement actions for deficiencies that did not represent immediate jeopardy had their termination date extended for at least 30 days.  CMS is now lifting the 30-day limitations imposed for hospital surveys as of March 23, 2021.  Among the resumed activities are reviews of non-immediate jeopardy hospital complaints, hospital plans of correction, desk reviews, on-site reviews, and work on open enforcement cases.  Learn more in this CMS memo to state survey agencies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19

National Institutes of Health

COVID-19

  • In a preliminary NIH study of recovered COVID-19 patients, researchers found that T-cells in those patients recognize most COVID-19 variants and offer some protection against those variants.  This suggests that vaccines may offer similar protection.  The NIH notes that additional research is needed.  Learn more here.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

COVID-19

  • FEMA announced that it has amended 58 COVID-19-related disaster declarations to increase FEMA’s share of the eligible costs associated addressing the disaster activities covered by the declarations from 75 percent to 100 percent.  See FEMA’s announcement here.
  • FEMA announced that it will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.  Go here for information about eligibility and applications.

Federal Health Policy Update for Friday, March 26

Beginning this week, NASH is expanding its regular updates to encompass a broader scope of federal health policy endeavors to include other matters of importance to providers.  Feel free to share this newsletter with others in your organization or to send us the email addresses of those you think might be interested and we will send it directly to them.

The following is the latest such information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

NASH Advocacy

The Senate voted 90-2 to extend the moratorium on the two percent sequester of Medicare payments through the end of 2021.  The House will take up the bill when it returns to Washington, DC in mid-April.  The current moratorium will expire on March 31, but CMS is expected to use its authority to hold Medicare payments for up to 14 days to give the House time to pass the legislation.  NASH sent a thank you note to all 90 senators who voted for the bill.

The White House

COVID-19

Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19

Health Policy News

  • CMS has posted the latest edition of MLN Connects, its online publication with the latest information about Medicare reimbursement policy.  The following is the table of contents of the March 25 edition, with links to the individual articles:

News

Compliance

Claims, Pricers, & Codes

MLN Matters® Articles

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19

Food and Drug Administration

COVID-19

  • The FDA announced that “Given the sustained increase in [COVID-19] viral variants in the United States that are resistant to bamlanivimab administered alone, and the availability of other authorized monoclonal antibody therapies that are expected to retain activity to these variants, the U.S. Government, in coordination with Eli Lilly and Company, will stop the distribution of bamlanivimab alone starting today, March 24, 2021.”  Using the other monoclonal antibody therapies, the FDA reasons, will increase the likelihood of successful treatment against COVID-19 variants.  Go here to see the FDA’s announcement and explanation and for links to resources that describe the available monoclonal antibodies and their differences in greater detail.

Federal Health Policy Update for Wednesday, March 24

Beginning today, NASH is expanding its regular updates to encompass a broader scope of federal health policy endeavors to include other matters of importance to providers.  Feel free to share this newsletter with others in your organization or to send us the email addresses of those you think might be interested and we will send it directly to them.

The following is the latest such information from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

Congress

The temporary delay of implementation of the Medicare two percent sequester expires at the end of the month and amid considerable advocacy by the health care community, Congress is considering extending this delay.  Last week the House passed a bill that would extend the current moratorium through December 31, 2021 and would waive “PAYGO” rules that apply to the American Rescue Plan Act that would necessitate an additional two percent sequester on Medicare payments starting in January, which would be added to the existing sequester to result in a four percent sequester. The Senate will not take up the House bill but could take up S. 748, which would extend the current moratorium for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Even if it does take up S. 748 this week the House is unlikely to address it immediately because both chambers will recess after Friday until April 9.  It is possible CMS may hold claims for a short period after March 31 if it appears Congress will act on this matter without much delay.

Provider Relief Fund

New Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements – PDF* were issued on January 15, 2021 in accordance with the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.  In response to stakeholder feedback, HHS is currently reviewing this guidance and Provider Relief Fund reporting timelines.  We will post any updates on this website as soon as they are available.  We continue to encourage recipients of $10,000 or more in aggregate Provider Relief Fund payments to register in the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal.

White House

COVID-19

  • The White House has posted transcripts of the March 19, March 22, and March 24 press briefings provided by its COVID-19 response team and public health officials.

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Policy News

  • The Biden administration has nominated the following individuals to positions in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Office of the Secretary
Kristina Schake, Counselor to the Secretary for Strategic Communications

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
Israel Igualate, Deputy Speechwriter

Office of the General Counsel
Barbara McGarey, Deputy General Counsel

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Rebecca Haffajee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Miranda Lynch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Human Services Policy)

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Jonathan Warsh, Senior Policy Advisor COVID Response
Leni Hirsch, Special Assistant COVID Response

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
Cheryl Campbell, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration

Office of Global Affairs
Stephanie Psaki, Senior Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equity

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Trina Dutta, Senior Advisor

See this HHS news release for further information.

  • HHS announced that it is extending access to the special enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace until August 15.  The purpose of this extension is to give consumers additional time to take advantage of new savings made available through the American Rescue Plan and give new and current enrollees an additional three months to enroll or re-evaluate their coverage needs with increased tax credits available to reduce premiums.  Learn more from this HHS announcement.HH  Find additional information in this accompanying HHS fact sheet.
  • HHS’s Office of the Inspector General has published the report “Hospitals Reported that the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Significantly Strained Health Care Delivery.”  HHS describes the report as “…a national snapshot, from the perspective of front-line hospital administrators, on how responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their capacity to care for patients, staff, and communities.  This is not a review of the HHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19

National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:00pm (eastern), CMS will address questions about its updated nursing home visitation guidance.  In addition, participants will hear from a nursing home administrator currently implementing the new guidance.   Register for this Zoom call here.  Resources for the call are:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19

Food and Drug Administration – COVID-19

COVID-19

  • The FDA has issued emergency use authorization for the first machine learning-based COVID-19 non-diagnostic screening device that identifies certain biomarkers that are indicative of some types of conditions, such as hypercoagulation.  The device is worn as an arm band and uses artificial intelligence.  See the FDA’s announcement and its emergency use authorization letter.

National Institutes of Health

COVID-19

  • In a news release, the NIH announced that “Results from a large clinical trial in the United States and South America indicate that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, AZD1222, is well-tolerated and protects against symptomatic COVID-19 disease, including severe disease or hospitalization. The independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) overseeing the trial identified no safety concerns related to the vaccine.”
  • Later the same day, the NIH’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) announced that it has notified NIAID (the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), BARDA (the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority), and AstraZeneca that “it was concerned by information released by AstraZeneca on initial data from its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.  The DSMB expressed concern that AstraZeneca may have included outdated information from that trial, which may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data.”

 

Coronavirus Update for Friday, March 19

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19.

White House

Provider Relief Fund

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS announced that it will spend $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to increase COVID-19 screening and testing to help schools reopen, increase testing in underserved populations, and provide new guidance on asymptomatic screening testing in schools, workplaces, and congregate settings.  Learn more from this HHS news release.  The CDC will administer $2.25 billion of this sum to increase testing in underserved populations; learn more about its plans in this CDC news release.
  • HHS announced that it will spend $150 million to increase access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments for patients in vulnerable communities across the country.  Assistance may include additional staffing, improved infusion center capacity in traditional and non-traditional health care settings, and equipment to administer intravenous infusion treatments. The effort also will seek to improve awareness among health care providers and patients about the treatment options available, including where and how to obtain them.  Learn more from this HHS announcement.

HHS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

Government Accountability Office

  • The GAO has published a new report, “COVID-19 in Nursing Homes,” in which it notes that HHS has taken steps in response to the pandemic but that several GAO recommendations have not been implemented.  See the report’s highlight and the entire report itself.

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, March 16

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16.

White House

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS announced that it is increasing Medicare payments for administering COVID-19 vaccines.  Effective for COVID-19 vaccines administered on or after March 15, 2021, the national average payment rate for physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and many other immunizers will be $40 to administer each dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  This represents an increase from approximately $28 to $40 for the administration of single-dose vaccines and an increase from approximately $45 to $80 for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines requiring two doses.  The exact rate will depend on the type of entity furnishing the service and will be geographically adjusted.  Resources that provide additional information about this increase include:
  • CMS has issued a correction notice making changes in the telehealth list finalized in the Medicare physician fee schedule rule that affects providers that bill for evaluation and management services as part of those telehealth visits.  The notice explains that CMS “inadvertently included” CPT codes 99221, 99222, and 99223 in the table that represents the Category 3 temporary additions to the telehealth list through the end of 2021 or the year in which the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.  These are evaluation and management codes for initial hospital care (30, 50, 70+ minutes).  This does not affect the ability of providers to bill for these services during the public health emergency.
  • CMS has released a fact sheet that outlines how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – the COVID-19 relief bill – affects the health care marketplace, the cost of health insurance, and access to subsidized insurance made available through the Affordable Care Act.  Find that fact sheet here.
  • CMS has introduced an infographic presenting its new guidance for visiting nursing homes.  This infographic is available in English and Spanish.
  • In recent days CMS has issued two dozen section 1135 waivers to give states greater flexibility to serve their Medicaid beneficiaries during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

HHS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

Coronavirus Update for Friday, March 12

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12.

White House

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS announced that an additional 700 health centers supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration will be invited to join its health center COVID-19 vaccine program.  These health centers will have the opportunity to join the program over the next six weeks, increasing the total number of invited health center participants to 950.
  • HHS is exercising its authority under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to add additional categories of qualified people authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines, including dentists, EMTs, midwives, optometrists, paramedics, physician assistants, podiatrists, respiratory therapists, and veterinarians.  This action also authorizes medical students, nursing students, and other health care students in the professions listed under the PREP Act with proper training and professional supervision to serve as vaccinators.  Learn more from this announcement and go here for further information about who will be eligible to administer vaccines.
  • The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law yesterday is expected to enhance access to and affordability of health insurance through the Marketplace by increasing eligibility for financial assistance for Marketplace plans.  See an HHS fact sheet for additional information about the new COVID-19 relief law.

HHS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, March 11

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.

White House

The White House has posted a transcript of the March 10 press briefing provided by its COVID-19 response team and public health officials.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS has updated its guidance on nursing home visitation, easing current restrictions.  According to the updated guidance, facilities should permit responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident or visitor, except under specific, defined circumstances.  The updated guidance also emphasizes that “compassionate care” visits should be permitted at all times.  CMS continues to recommend that facilities, residents, and families adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection control, including maintaining physical distancing and conducting visits outdoors whenever possible.  For further information, consult the following resources:

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

Congressional Research Service

Coronavirus Update for Monday, March 8

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Monday, March 8.

New CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

White House

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Question: Can audio-only phone E/M visits (CPT codes 99441–99443) be billed in the same month as chronic care management (CCM) services?

Answer: Yes. During the public health emergency (PHE), audio-only phone E/M visits (CPT code s 99441-99443) may be billed in the same month as chronic care management (CCM) services when reasonable and necessary and as long as time is not counted toward more than one code. We expect that in most cases the time counted toward CCM would be clinical staff minutes while the time counted for audio-only phone E/M services would represent a direct interaction between the patient and the billing professional. In general, for the duration of the PHE, CPT codes 99441-99443 can be used to report an office/outpatient E/M visit furnished by phone including during a month where chronic care management services are being furnished, and these codes can therefore be reported in the same time period as CCM services.

  • Another question, on pages 139 and 140, addresses payment for administering remdesivir and another, on page 140, addresses authorization to administer COVID-19 vaccines.  The remaining questions, found from pages 92 through 109, address issues involving accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  All of the new questions are labeled “3/5/2021.”

HHS and CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

CMS Stakeholders Calls

CMS hosts recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information about the agency’s response to COVID-19.  These sessions are open to members of the health care community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer participants an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls

Tuesday, March 16 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode:  4177586

Audio Webcast link:  go here

Tuesday, April 6 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode:  2769397

Audio Webcast link:  go here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

  • The FDA has issued emergency use authorization for the first molecular, non-prescription COVID-19 test for home use.  See the FDA’s announcement here and the emergency use authorization letter here.

Coronavirus Update for Friday, March 5

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

White House

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

HHS and CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

HHS Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sponsors COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice that are interactive virtual learning sessions that seek to create a peer-to-peer learning network in which clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes.  These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS:  Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Critical Care:  Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)
  • Emergency Department:  Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM eastern)

Go here for information about signing up to participate in the sessions and go here for access to materials and video recordings of past sessions.

CMS Stakeholder Calls

CMS hosts recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information about the agency’s response to COVID-19.  These sessions are open to members of the health care community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer participants an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls

Tuesday, March 16 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode:  4177586

Audio Webcast link:  go here

Tuesday, April 6 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM (eastern)

Toll Free Attendee Dial In:  833-614-0820; Access Passcode:  2769397

Audio Webcast link:  go here

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

NASH Stresses Three Needs From COVID Relief Bill

Extension of the current moratorium on Medicare sequestration.

Additional resources for the Provider Relief Fund.

Another delay in hospital repayment of funds they received from the federal government through the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program.

These are the three greatest needs of NASH members and private safety-net hospitals that NASH communicated to members of Congress on Thursday afternoon as the Senate begins consideration of the COVID-19 relief bill.

Learn more from NASH’s message to members of Congress.