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CMS Releases Second Interim Final Rule and Additional Waivers

CMS Releases Second Interim Final Rule and Additional Waivers

CMS released a second Interim Final Rule with comment period (IFC) on Thursday, April 30, 2020, titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Delay of Certain Reporting Requirements for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program.” CMS also released additional blanket waivers on April 30 and updated numerous resource documents on the Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities webpage.

Included in this round of regulatory updates and flexibilities is the long-awaited announcement that PTs, OTs and SLPs (in private practice) are now eligible providers of telehealth under Medicare Part B for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  In addition, the rule implements the regulatory changes outlined in the CARES Act regarding non-physician practitioners and the home health benefit, and describes new mandatory reporting requirements regarding COVID-19 for long-term care facilities.

For more information, access Casamba’s Summary document.

Holly Hester

Holly Hester is Casamba’s Senior Vice President of Compliance & Education, as well as the Compliance Officer. She provides regulatory guidance and interpretation, clinical programming and content development, education and training steerage, and compliance support for the company. As a physical therapist for more than 20 years, Holly has multi-venue clinical and management experience, giving her a unique perspective on the integration of compliance and training with therapy service delivery and clinical practice.
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