News and Updates on COVID-19 Coronavirus

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CMS NEWS ALERT APRIL 7, 2020

CMS NEWS ALERT APRIL 7, 2020

CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week

CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week

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Get the Medicare benefits you deserve.

Tips for How to Wear a Cloth Mask

The CDC is now recommending cloth face masks in public. This video will show you general tips for cloth masks.

Trump Administration Issues Key Recommendations to Nursing Homes, State and Local Governments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued critical recommendations to state and local governments, as well as nursing homes, to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in nursing homes. The recommendations build on and strengthen recent guidance from CMS and CDC related to effective implementation of longstanding infection control procedures.

Social Security News Update

Commissioner of Social Security Shares Update about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries

Commissioner of Social Security Shares Update about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries

Digestive issues happen in about half of all COVID-19 cases

WebMD reports that digestive issues happen in about half of all COVID-19 cases.

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200319/about-half-of-covid-cases-show-digestive-signs

SSA

Advance Designation: Choose a Representative Payee for Social Security to Consider Before You May Need One

The future can be uncertain. However, Social Security’s Advance Designation program can help put you in control of your benefits if a time comes when you need a representative payee to help manage your money.

Social Security News Update

Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a Stimulus Check

The Treasury Department now says that Americans on Social Security will not be required to file a “simple tax return” to receive a stimulus check from the U.S. government.

Forbes reports CMS is evaluating offering a special enrollment period specifically designated for COVID-19

Forbes reports CMS is evaluating offering a special enrollment period specifically designated for COVID-19

SSA

Medicare and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), being informed about your Medicare coverage is more important than ever.

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

oday the CDC has released:

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-building-facility.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM24835

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Covid-19 App

CDC Statement on COVID-19 Apple App

Apple Inc. in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.

Sit and Stay. Take care and be well.

As Florida joins the list of states today on the Stay at Home Order, we urge you to “Sit & Stay.” Take care and be well.

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Social Security News Update

Social Security Benefits Will be Paid On Time and Other Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.

Trump Administration Engages America’s Hospitals in Unprecedented Data Sharing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the nation’s hospitals on behalf of Vice President Pence requesting they report data in connection with their efforts to fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, the Trump Administration is requesting that hospitals report COVID-19 testing data to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in addition to daily reporting regarding bed capacity and supplies to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Module. CMS, the federal agency with oversight of America’s Medicare-participating health care providers – including hospitals – is helping the Trump Administration obtain this critical information to help identify supply and bed capacity needs, as well as enhance COVID-19 surveillance efforts. Hospitals will report data without personal identifying information to ensure patient privacy.

Breaking News

Financial Relief for Medicare Providers

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program expansion, which includes changes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is one way that CMS is working to lessen the financial hardships of providers facing extraordinary challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensures the nation’s providers can focus on patient care. There has been significant disruption to the healthcare industry, with providers being asked to delay non-essential surgeries and procedures, other healthcare staff unable to work due to childcare demands, and disruption to billing, among the challenges related to the pandemic.

Coronovirus

CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took further action to ensure America’s healthcare facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Reminder On How to Clean Surfaces

How to clean and disinfect surfaces for COVID-19

List N: Disinfectants That Were Approved for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

The following are list of chemical and cleaners that were approved to kill SARS-CoV-2. For a complete list please see To see the complete list of 351 Entries click here to be linked to the EPA. 

Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

SSA warns the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. Social Security will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.

How to enroll in Medicare Part B when losing your job

Have you been laid off and need Medicare Part B? Read below on how to get it.

Breaking News

CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers

When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to the protection of patients in the home care setting from the spread of infectious disease. This memorandum responds to questions we have received and provides important guidance for all Medicare and Medicaid participating Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak and minimizing transmission to other individuals.

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by Hospice Agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to the protection of patients and residents of healthcare facilities or homecare settings from the spread of infectious disease. This memorandum responds to questions we have received and provides important guidance for Hospice Agencies in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak and minimizing transmission to other individuals.

Advanced Directives

Advance directives & long-term care

Advance directives explain how you want medical decisions to be made when you’re too ill to speak for yourself. Medicare.gov has recommendations on things you need to do.

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