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Trump Administration Guidance to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes, Additional CMS Waivers, Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests and more

Posted on: 5/20/2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continues to implement waivers and guidance for hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and state agencies. ACMA encourages members to be aware of current updates as new guidelines and changes continue to be released. Below is a summary of information current as of May 19, 2020

Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

CMS announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country. It details critical steps nursing homes and communities should take prior to relaxing restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including rigorous infection prevention and control, adequate testing, and surveillance.

Read the Press Release>>>

Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations>>>

Nursing Home Reopening FAQs>>>

CMS Releases Additional Waivers for Hospitals

CMS continues to release waivers for the healthcare community including blanket waivers that allow for increased flexibilities for surge capacity and patient quarantine at hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and critical access hospitals for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers>>>

Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

Earlier this year, CMS took action to ensure America’s patients, health care facilities, and clinical laboratories were prepared to respond to COVID-19. To help increase testing, CMS developed two codes that laboratories can use to bill for certain COVID-19 lab tests, including serology tests. CMS has updated its guidance to include payment details for additional CPT codes created by the American Medical Association. There is no cost-sharing for Medicare patients.

MAC COVID-19 Pricing>>>

Section 1135 Waivers>>>

Medicaid Disaster Response Toolkit>>>

Medicaid State Plan Amendments>>>

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and our ACMA advocacy firm Lobbyit contributed to this information.

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ACMA National Office Has Moved

The home address of the ACMA National Office has changed. Our new physical address is 40 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, AR 72223. All phone and email contact information remain the same. Read the announcement >>>

ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center

ACMA is committed to keeping you informed about our actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay up to date via the ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center where you will find helpful information, members-only resources and guidance for case management and transitions of care specific to this evolving situation. We encourage you to visit the resource center and to lean on ACMA as your trusted source during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your work in your communities and for all you are doing to address this pandemic. Access ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center >>>

FREE! Collaborative Case Management: Special COVID-19 Issue

ACMA has launched a new special issue of "Collaborative Case Management," a peer-reviewed journal exclusively for members. Inside, industry partners from across the country share their insights into battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts provide you with tools, resources, ideas and experiences covering all aspects of the continuum of care. Not a member of ACMA? We've still got you covered. This special issue is free to download to provide you a sampling of all that ACMA membership has to offer. Read it Today! >>>

Watch Sessions & Earn Continuing Education Credits

Get your CEs by participating in the 2020 ACMA Virtual National Conference to meet your license or ACM, CMAC and CCM renewal needs. Up to 28.8 contact hours are available for RNs and SWs. ACM, CMAC and CCMs earn up to 24.0 recertification credits. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits also available. Preview Sessions >>> | Register Here >>>

New ACMA Podcast - "Care Transitions Today" Launches Oct. 6

ACMA has just launched a new podcast dedicated to case management and transitions of care professionals. Care Transitions Today brings together thought leaders from around the country for frank, meaningful conversations about contemporary issues facing case managers. New episodes are up and running on all your regular podcast platforms. Learn more about Care Transitions Today.>>>

Compass Mid-Year Course Release

Compass has just released a new course, Case Management Emergency Preparedness, which was developed to support and train case management staff and leadership on essential aspects of emergency preparedness, including lessons-learned with COVID-19 case studies. Current compass users can simply log-in to your dashboard to access the new course. If you're not a Compass subscriber, learn more about the product.>>>

Validate Your Expertise Through Professional Certification

The Accredited Case Manager (ACM) Certification is for health care delivery system case management professionals and tests core case management knowledge that is shared by nurse and social work case managers. Case Management Administrator Certification (CMAC) validates the competency of case management administrators, managers and aspiring leaders and promotes professional practice standards. If you are not yet certified, we encourage you to apply and enhance your professional practice by putting a credential after your name. The application deadline is November 15 in order to test in January-March 2021. ACM >>> CMAC >>>

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