The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken over the American healthcare system as a response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic by creating new rules and waivers of pre-coronavirus operations related to Medicare. CMS says the swift changes will help “local hospitals and health systems have the capacity to absorb and effectively manage potential surges of COVID-19 patients. … flexibilities to permit hospitals and healthcare systems to act as coordinators of healthcare delivery in their areas.”
For many hospitals, Medicare and Medicaid are the single largest payers for healthcare, leaving facilities heavily reliant on receiving reimbursement from the programs to stay afloat financially, with patients waiting in the wings. The team at Levin & Perconti hopes these waivers may help solve this long-standing problem and provide broader access to care in such a troubling time.
This is a brief overview of the new directives from CMS related to COVID-19 care.