Update from SBA on Payment Protection Program as of 3/31/2020:
Medicare Advanced Payment Program Expanded The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of its accelerated and advanced payment program for Medicare participating healthcare providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). READ MORE
Approval of Federal Section 1135 Waiver Requests/CMS Response: March 27, 2020 Temporarily suspends Medicaid fee-for-service prior authorization requirements. Section 1135(b)(1)(C) allows for a waiver or modification of pre-approval requirements, including prior authorization processes required u r the State Plan for particular benefits. Click for entire article:Waivers on Medicaid Practices
Mediare's New Accelerated Payment Option for Providers During the COVID-19 Crisis. Go to https://www.cms.gov/files/document/Accelerated-and-Advanced-Payments-Fact-Sheet.pdf.
Recent Telemedicine Services Guidance for Licensed Health Care Practitioners (Podiatry Included) During Coronavirus Emergency New Telemedicine Services guidance recently issued applies to PODIATRY as well as other specialty boards.
Plan to Take the Following Actions if COVID-19 is Spreading in your Community (READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)
1. Work with local and state public health organizations, healthcare coalitions, and other local partners to understand the impact and spread of the outbreak in your area.
2. Designate staff who will be responsible for caring for suspected or known COVID-19 patients. Ensure they are trained on the infection prevention and control recommendations for COVID-19 and proper use of personal protective equipment.
Governor Wolf Lifted Restrictions for Number of Online CE Contact Hours Attained: https://www.dos.pa.gov/Documents/2020-03-22-Continuing-Education-Suspensions.pdf. (READ ENTIRE ARTICLE)