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CMS Issues FAQs on Change Healthcare/Optum Payment Disruption Accelerated & Advance Payments

On March 13, CMS published FAQs related to the Change Healthcare/Optum payment disruption accelerated and advance payments. These go into detail about what services qualify for accelerated and advance payments, application criteria, terms of repayment, financial concerns, and other topics.  As a reminder, the AMA has a website on the Change Healthcare cybersecurity issue that outlines the latest developments, information for physician practices, and related AMA advocacy.

CMS Statement on Continued Action to Respond to the Cyberattack on Change Healthcare

Press Releases CMS Statement on Continued Action to Respond to the Cyberattack on Change Healthcare Mar 09, 2024  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to monitor and assess the impact that the cyberattack on UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary Change Healthcare has had on all provider and supplier types. Today, CMS is announcing that, in addition to considering applications for accelerated payments for Medicare Part A providers, we will also be considering applications for advance payments for Part B suppliers.  Over the last few days, we have continued to meet with health plans, ...

Creating a Roadmap for the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plays an important role in protecting the health and safety of all Americans as they journey through the health care system. This is especially true during a pandemic, natural disaster, or other emergencies. Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), CMS has used a combination of emergency authority waivers, regulations, enforcement discretion, and sub-regulatory guidance to ensure access to care and give health care providers the flexibilities needed to respond to COVID-19 and help keep people safer. Many of these waivers and ...

Health Care System Resiliency: Preparing the Health Care System for Operation After the Public Health Emergency

Preparing the Health Care System for Operation After the Public Health Emergency: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra extended the existing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) through October 15, 2022 – and has committed to providing states, health care providers and other stakeholders a 60-day notice before ending the PHE.  At the beginning of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), CMS used emergency waiver authorities and various regulatory authorities to enable flexibilities so providers could rapidly respond to people impacted by COVID-19. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...

AMA report shows physician Medicare revenue down 19% over first half of 2020

The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat. Financial impacts were assessed with a claims-based analysis of changes in Medicare physician spending for the first six months of 2020 and a nationwide survey of physicians in July and August of 2020. Medicare physician spending The report “Changes in Medicare Physician Spending During the COVID-19 Pandemic” provides an in-depth look at impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic ...