Late yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that providers will have a full year to repay Medicare loans received during COVID-19. The reason? CMS head Seema Verma says "we are not yet back to normal
." Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the third round of provider relief payments are available. Health care providers, including DMEPOS companies, can apply for the $20 billion in Phase 3, and this round extends to providers that opened in 2020. Find more here
In other CMS news, the agency released a new memo clarifying details about exemptions from emergency preparation testing during COVID-19. The good news: most providers will only have to provide updates and training on their emergency programs every two years, and the requirements to contact state and local agencies are also lightened. Here's the memo.
When I mention aging in place, I doubt that Habitat for Humanity is the first thing that comes to mind. But the organization has made caring for seniors one of its new priorities, and already does home repairs and modifications with seniors in mind. Habitat's CEO hosted an interesting panel about keeping seniors safe during the pandemic. You can watch it here
See you on Monday!