CMS Ceases Advance Payments
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently announced it will be suspending the Advance Payment System for doctors, practitioners that are not physicians, and other qualified suppliers of Medicare Part B. The federal agency is taking another look at the reimbursement rates charged by its Accelerated Payment Plan, a related advance payment system that funds Medicare fee-for-service providers when the filing and/or processing of claims is interrupted.

The CMS decision follows closely in the footsteps of President Donald Trump’s signing of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides healthcare facilities more than $70 billion to cover revenue losses and other healthcare-related costs as a result of the pandemic.

The Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs have given nearly $60 billion in payments to more than 20,000 Part A providers since the COVID-19 pandemic began, hospitals included. CMS accepted close to 24,000 applications for Part B vendors, including doctors, non-physician clinicians, and medical supply providers.

Payments received by the services are not grants, however. According to revised program regulations in response to the health crisis, providers and suppliers are required to pay back the accelerated and advance payments within one year or less, based on the type of supplier or provider.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, next-generation EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar Episode Five Is Ready
Friday, April 24th, 2020

Episode five of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights webinar is here, jam-packed with information aimed at helping you navigate the ever-changing healthcare industry in the age of coronavirus. This week, we focus on what’s going on with the FCC Telehealth Program, other loans and grants, the reinstatement of elective procedures and which states are allowing them, and MIPS credit being given for COVID-19 clinical trial reporting.

Along with our free COVID-19 monitoring and reporting technology, we also cover the rise of Remote Patient Monitoring and how CareOptimize can help. All of this and more is ready for viewing at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrQHAhfcPV4. You can also watch the webinar by visiting the Insights page of our website: https://careoptimize.com/insights/. If you need to catch up, our YouTube channel has all previous episodes available: https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475

CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar Episode Five Is Coming This Week
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

As the challenges continue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CareOptimize is committed to keeping you apprised of the important trends with our comprehensive, weekly COVID-19 Insights Webinar. This week we’ll be focusing on the reinstatement of elective surgeries in a few states, the greater adoption of remote tracking, and new developments with the FCC’s Telehealth Program.

We will also go over the technology CareOptimize has developed to help streamline COVID-19 monitoring and reporting, its genesis, and how this utility can help your practice post-pandemic.

Episode five of the COVID-19 Insights Webinar will be available later this week. All previous episodes are available for viewing on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize and our website: www.careoptimize.com/insights.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

Episode Four of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar Has Arrived
Friday, April 17th, 2020

In episode four, we cover many aspects of the loans and grants currently available. Included are the Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Loan to Grant as well as the COVID-19 Telehealth Program established by the Federal Communications Commission aimed at funding telecommunications services for eligible healthcare providers.

We also highlight the tech we’ve developed in response to the pandemic like the CareOptimize COVID-19 FREE Template and Report. As always, we continue to go over the latest updates released by CMS.

You can watch the week four webinar by visiting the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu9o4mHGbZo&feature=youtu.be, it is also available on the Insights page of our website www.careoptimize.com/insights.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, next-generation EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

Don’t Miss Episode Four of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

This week continues the COVID-19 Insights webinar series. Some of the topics we have in store include the loans and grants being offered by the government, how they differ, and how they may benefit your practice, including SBA Loans and Grants, HHS Grants, Medicare Advance/Accelerated Payments, and Telehealth Funding. We’ll also be going over the technology we’ve developed to assist with streamlining COVID-19 monitoring and reporting.

In case you missed it, last Friday we posted episode three of the CareOptimize COVID-19 Insights Webinar. Topics included the latest changes to Medicaid Waivers, submission deadline extensions to the MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy, and uninsured Medicare coverage.

All episodes in this series are available on the CareOptimize YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/careoptimize and our website www.careoptimize.com/insights.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, Nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

What’s the Latest From CMS? Find out in Episode Three of Our Webinar
Monday, April 6th, 2020

If you’ve been following the latest updates coming from CMS, you’ve likely noticed changes are being announced daily. Our weekly COVID-19 Insights webinars help by keeping up with all the updates and focusing on how they may affect your business.

Episode three of the webinar will be available this Thursday, April 9th at 2 PM Eastern time. Besides going over the latest regulatory updates from CMS, this week we’re covering SBA loans and Fee-for-service Advance/Accelerated Medicare payments.

Every COVID-19 webinar can be watched on our official YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/careoptimize. You can also visit the Insights page on our website to stay on top of the latest CareOptimize updates: https://careoptimize.com/insights/.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, next-generation EHR utilities, MIPS consulting, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.

Check out Episode Two of the CareOptimize Insights Webinar
Monday, April 6th, 2020

The CareOptimize COVID-19 Webinar continues this week. Some of the topics you can look forward to in Insights Webinar COVID 19 Episode 2 include CMS Waiver updates, Medicare Advanced Payment, and changes with telehealth and telemedicine.

This webinar also highlights three distinct provider models and how they have adjusted to the changes and challenges in the healthcare industry brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured, too, are the CareOptimize COVID-19 Template and Report utilities, technology developed to streamline COVID-19 reporting and monitoring.

Next week’s webinar will be on Thursday, April 9th at 2PM EST. Topics will be announced soon. Remember you can watch all of the webinars by visiting our YouTube page: www.youtube.com/careoptimize, or our website www.careoptimize.com/insights.

This update is provided by CareOptimize. We provide healthcare management consulting services and products and we’ve helped numerous healthcare organizations succeed for more than a decade. We provide managed care solutions as well as products like coding modules, nextgen EHR utilities, and more. For more information, please call 855.937.8475.