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.


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

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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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Medicare covers alcohol misuse screening

It’s important to remember that as you get older you have an increased sensitivity to alcohol. This means that you experience the symptoms from drinking more quickly than you may have when you were younger. And, alcohol misuse can have a serious impact on your medications and current health problems.

Medicare covers an alcohol misuse screening once per year if you’re an adult who uses alcohol but doesn’t meet the medical criteria for alcohol dependency. You can also get 4 brief face-to-face counseling sessions each year if you’re competent and alert during counseling. Medicare covers these substance misuse counseling services if they’re provided in a primary care setting, like a doctor’s office, and if your qualified primary care doctor or practitioner accepts assignment.

If you’re concerned you may be misusing alcohol, call your doctor today. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we want to help you stay healthy and safe.

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.

Medicaid Facts & Figures

The Medicaid Facts and Figures have been updated by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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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.