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While both CMS and the White House have issued documents on how to reopen practices that have curtailed operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), your main legal guidance is at the state level — and in federal laws regarding your treatment of employees.
In a surprise announcement on April 26, CMS announced it was stopping the Accelerated and Advance Payments (AAP) program it recently offered as a solution for providers cash-strapped by COVID-19 closures.
A Bush-era modifier has been revived to let contractors know when you’ve posted a claim for a service that’s only allowed because of waivers employed for the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
Starting April 24, a second wave of relief payments — totaling $20 billion — is on its way to health care providers and hospitals. But take note: To access and keep the relief funds, providers must verify their 2018 payment receipts with the federal government.
The financial fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) continues to plague frontline medical practices, with nearly nine out of 10 groups reporting “large decreases” in patient volumes.


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