HHS Changes Reporting Requirements Under the Provider Relief Fund, Direct Contracting Is Open, and New York Expands Telemedicine

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HHS Says Health Care Providers Will Not Have to Submit Report on How They Spent COVID-19 Relief Grants by July 10

Many providers have received funds pursuant to the Provider Relief Fund and executed the terms and conditions, which require providers to issue reports to the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”).   However, HHS has recently announced in its FAQ, under Reporting Requirements, that recipients do not need to submit a separate quarterly report to HHS or the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, as initially required.  To meet the reporting requirements, HHS is posting the names of recipients and their payment amounts on its public website Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System

CMS Is Accepting Letters of Intent for Direct Contacting Model

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it is accepting letters of intent from eligible providers that wish to participate in the first performance year of the Medicare Direct Contracting Model.  The model will offer three types of Direct Contracting Entities depending on their level of experience in treating Medicare beneficiaries.  Applications for the first performance year are due July 6, 2020.

New York Expands Telemedicine Services

New York passed a bill that expands the types of telemedicine services covered under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”), including audio- and video-only services.  The legislation will support residents in more rural areas of the state who lack broadband access.

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