COVID-19 & HME: Chapter 2 – An Update on CMS’s Interim Final Rule and Other HME Policy Changes

Late on March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released three important documents relaxing many requirements to facilitate providing care to Medicare beneficiaries in their homes during the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Join industry leaders to get the latest information about these changes, including: 

  • Suspension of certain respiratory-related coverage policies
  • Beneficiary signature documentation requirements
  • Face-to-face encounter requirements
  • Medical review activities

We’ll also cover the DME provisions in the recently passed CARES law, including payment in non-competitive bid areas and expansion of practitioners who can prescribe DME under Medicare and Medicaid.   In this webinar, you will get the latest information to help HME providers effectively manage through this COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion topics will include:

  • CMS suspension of national and local coverage determinations
  • Suspension of some face-to-face encounter requirements
  • Waiver of signature requirements on proof of delivery
  • Suspension of prior authorization
  • Further expansion of telehealth
  • Suspension of medical review activities
  • DME payment in non-competitive bid areas
  • Expansion of practitioners who can prescribe DME under Medicare and Medicaid, during and beyond the public health emergency
  • Acceleration of Medicare payments during the COVID-19 PHE

Good News: Due to the high response from our first COVID-19 webcast, we’ve upped our registration capabilities and can accommodate 3,000 live webcast attendees! Thank you to AAHomecare and Brown & Fortunato for making this possible!

Hosted by: American Association for HomeCare; Brown & Fortunato, PC; HME News; Lieber Consulting; and The van Halem Group, A Division of VGM 


Cara Bachenheimer, Brown & Fortunato Kim Brummett, AAHomecare Miriam Lieber, Lieber Consulting Wayne van Halem, The van Halem Group, a Division of VGM


Liz Beaulieu, Editor, HME News