After you register, you will receive an e-mail containing a unique webinar link and audio details. Do not share the link, as it will be unique to you. If more than one staff member at your facility would like to attend, and you can maintain safe social distancing, you may join as a team. The webinar will cover:
How to access and review your facility’s PSR and PLR.
How CMS calculated your QIP performance scores.
What your TPS means to your facility’s 2021 reimbursement.
CMS has released a video providing answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit coverage, payment, and billing. CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdb9NKtybzo.
“CMS will not count data from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (Q1-Q2) for performance or payment programs. Data does not need to be submitted to CMS for this time period… No data reflecting services provided January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 will be used in CMS’s calculations for the Medicare quality reporting… programs. This is being done to reduce the data collection and reporting burden on providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Dialysis facilities should be aware of the potential subsequent impact to a facility’s total performance score (TPS) when data are excluded from score calculations. Facilities impacted by COVID-19 may elect to opt out of the CMS granted exception by emailing the request to the ESRD QIP at email@example.com. The email must be sent by the dialysis facility’s chief executive officer (CEO) or designee. We are requesting that a dialysis facility make this request within 90 days of March 22, 2020. For further assistance regarding the ESRD QIP information contained in this message, please contact the ESRD QIP at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
CDC has issued an MMWR on the current coronavirus threat. It says,
“COVID-19 is a serious public health threat. Cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the United States, primarily in travelers from China and quarantined repatriates, and also in two close contacts of COVID-19 patients. Currently, COVID-19 is not recognized to be spreading in U.S. communities. If sustained transmission in U.S. communities is identified, the U.S. response strategy will enhance implementation of actions to slow spread in communities. Implementation of basic precautions of infection control and prevention, including staying home when ill and practicing respiratory and hand hygiene will become increasingly important.”
However, the Washington Post tells us today that ” ‘Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in the United States,’ Nancy Messonnier, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters. ‘It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses.’ ”