COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Updates & Resources Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated May 8th, 2020

Thank you to all the healthcare providers and staff on the front lines of this crisis! MediSYS is here to support you every step of the way!

  • Sometime ago, MediSYS implemented technologies necessary for our staff to continue to provide remote support and assistance to our clients.
  • MediSYS remains fully operational and will continue to provide the excellent service and support that our clients have come to expect.
  • To allow providers more flexibility, MediSYS provides tools for Telehealth and patient payments via text.

Updates

May 7, 2020 – UHC will waive all cost sharing for Medicare Advantage primary care and specialist visits beginning May 11, 2020 until at least Sept. 30, 2020.

May 5, 2020 – Medicaid Coronavirus Updates https://medicaid.alabama.gov/news_detail.aspx?ID=13729

May 1, 2020 – CMS issued new changes in their April 30th announcement to expand telehealth for Medicare reimbursement, allowing physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists. Read the full announcement for more key updates.

April 26, 2020 – In light of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (more info on this below) CMS is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. CMS will not be accepting any new applications for the Advance Payment Program, and CMS will be reevaluating all pending and new applications for Accelerated Payment.

The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund was approved by Congress and will distribute $175 billion in funds to healthcare providers. HHS is distributing this money through the Provider Relief Fund, and these payments do not need to be repaid. For more information on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund and how to apply, visit hhs.gov/providerrelief.

United Healthcare Timely Filing Update: Claims with a date of service on or after Jan. 1, 2020 will not be denied for timely filing deadlines if submitted by June 30, 2020.

UPDATE: CMS Delays Interoperability Final Rule Roll Out Due to COVID-19. Due to concerns over the coronavirus, CMS had pushed back the deadline for meeting the requirements of the recent Interoperability and Patient Access final rule. For more information visit: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index

Telehealth

Expanded BCBS of AL Telehealth Coverage Extended to June 1 – As we continue to support providers and patients during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, we have extended our Telehealth Coverage Guidelines through June 1, 2020. We will begin a monthly review process on May 1, 2020, for the duration of the telehealth extension to determine a continuance.

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