Emergency and Disaster Instructions

When a natural disaster, extreme weather or emergency occurs that affects providers and the Medicare beneficiaries that they serve, special emergency-related policies and procedures may be implemented. For detailed information on these policies and procedures, please see the following resources:

This section provides information regarding the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). CMS has developed helpful information regarding the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus-Overview

General Information and Updates

CMS MLN Connects

  • MLN Connects for Thursday, May 21, 2020: Join Upcoming COVID-19 Calls
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 15, 2020: COVID-19 deadlines, new releases, and important calls
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, May 14, 2020: IPPS/LTCH PPS: FY 2021 Proposed Rule
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Tuesday, May 12, 2020: COVID-19: Additional Waivers, Price Transparency, and the CMS
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 8, 2020: COVID-19: Nursing Home Reporting, Updated Telehealth Video, Pharmacies & Other Suppliers Can Enroll as Labs, IRF Flexibilities
  • MLN Connects for April 30, 2020: COVID-19: Lessons from the Front Lines
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - April 27, 2020: COVID-19: CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program 
  • MLN Connects for April 23, 2020: Report Clinical Trial  Data to Fight COVID-19 & Earn MIPS Credit 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - April 20, 2020: COVID-19: Nursing Home Transparency, Recommendations for Areas with Low Incidence of Disease 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - April 17, 2020: COVID-19: RHC & FQHC Flexibilities, Increased Payment for Lab Tests, Hospital Waivers, Call Audio and Transcript
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Wednesday, April 15, 2020: COVID-19: Reprocessing Hospital Claims, Essential Diagnostic Services, Non-Invasive Ventilators  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, April 10, 2020: COVID-19: Infection Control, Maximizing Workforce, Updated Q&A, CS Modifier for Cost-Sharing, Payment Adjustment Suspended  
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, April 9, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Tuesday, April 7, 2020: COVID-19: Telehealth Video, Coinsurance and Deductible Waived, ASC Attestations, Ambulance Modifiers, Lessons From Front Lines, MLN Call Today  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects – Friday, April 3, 2020: COVID-19: Telehealth Billing Correction, Nursing Home Recommendations, Billing for Multi-Function Ventilators, New ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code  
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, March 31, 2020: COVID-19: Regulatory Changes, Telehealth Billing, and Specimen Collection Codes  
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, March 30, 2020: COVID-19: Financial Relief, Nursing Home Telehealth, Quality Reporting, Clinical Laboratories, Hospital Data Sharing  
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, March 26, 2020: COVID-19: New Targeted Plan for Health Care Facility Inspections  
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, March 26, 2020: COVID-19: Enrollment Relief, Open Payments, Beneficiary Notices  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects – Monday, March 23, 2020: COVID-19: Relief for Quality Reporting Programs and Provider Enrollment  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, March 20, 2020: COVID-19: Telehealth and Non-Essential Procedures  
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, March 19, 2020: Medicare FFS Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Tuesday, March 17, 2020: COVID-19: President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Monday, March 16, 2020: COVID-19: FFS Response and Nursing Home Visitor Guidance  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, March 13, 2020: COVID-19: Test Pricing, Diagnostic Lab Tests, Pricing & Codes, and EHB Coverage  
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, March 12, 2020: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Monday, March 9, 2020: COVID-19 Response: CMS Issues FAQs to Assist Medicare Providers  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, March 6, 2020: CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests  
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Wednesday, March 4, 2020: CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus  
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, February 27, 2020: COVID-19 Coding Guidance 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, February 20, 2020: Bill Correctly for Medicare Telehealth Services

All Health Professional Guidance

Telehealth

  • Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services Video
  • Special Edition MLN Connects – Friday, April 3, 2020
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (PDF, 111 KB)
  • Telehealth Benefits in Medicare are a Lifeline for Patients During Coronavirus Outbreak Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Telehealth Services MLN Booklet (PDF, 2.71 MB)
  • General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit (PDF, 289 KB)

 

Labs

  • CMS SARS-CoV-2 Laboratory Testing Comparison
  • CMS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), CLIA Guidance During the COVID-19 Emergency (PDF, 72 KB)
  • Notification to Surveyors of the Authorization for Emergency Use of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Assay and Guidance for Authorized Laboratories on the CMS website

Billing and Coding

  • Addition of the QW modifier to Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code U0002 and 87635 (MM11765 [PDF, 176 KB)]
  • Expanded Use of Ambulance Origin/Destination Modifiers (Special Edition MLN Connects 4/7/2020)
  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes Subject to and Excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) (MM11640 [PDF, 203 KB])

Accelerated Payments

Latest Articles

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Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Open in New Window07/02/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, July 2, 2020 07/02/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, June 26, 2020 06/26/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, June 25, 2020 06/25/2020
COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory Tests: Billing for Clinician Services 06/23/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, June 19, 2020 06/22/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, June 18, 2020 06/18/2020
Quarterly Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge Payment Open in New Window06/15/2020
COVID-19 Accelerated Payment Hotline FAQs 06/11/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, June 11, 2020 06/11/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, June 1, 2020 06/01/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, May 29, 2020 05/29/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, May 28, 2020 05/28/2020
Summary of Policies in the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Public Health Emergency (PHE) Interim Final Rules Open in New Window05/27/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, May 21, 2020 05/21/2020
Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment Suspended (Sequestration) 05/20/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, May 15, 2020 05/18/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, May 14, 2020 05/14/2020
Railroad Medicare COVID-19 Provider Enrollment: Temporary Enrollment of Medicare Pharmacies and Other Suppliers as Independent Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories 05/13/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 05/12/2020
Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 8, 2020 05/08/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, April 30, 2020 04/30/2020
MLN Special Edition -Thursday, April 30, 2020 04/30/2020
Addition of the QW modifier to Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code U0002 and 87635 Open in New Window04/29/2020
COVID-19 Accelerated Payment Hotline FAQs 04/28/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, April 27, 2020 04/27/2020
MLN Connects for Thursday, April 23, 2020 04/23/2020
COVID-19 Accelerated Payment Hotline FAQs 04/21/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, April 20, 2020 04/20/2020
Immediate Infusion of $30 Billion into Health Care System 04/14/2020
Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, April 10, 2020 04/10/2020
Accelerated/Advance Payments Related to COVID-19: Hotline Available 04/09/2020
COVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payment Request 04/06/2020
Railroad Medicare COVID-19 Hotline: Open Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, 2020 04/04/2020
Accelerated/Advance Payment Request Form 04/03/2020
Medical Review Administrative Relief Related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 04/03/2020
Railroad Medicare Provider Enrollment: Temporary Provisional Medicare Billing Privileges Due to COVID-19 04/01/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 03/31/2020
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes Subject to and Excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Edits Open in New Window03/26/2020
MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, March 26, 2020 03/26/2020
CMS Coronavirus Partner Virtual Toolkit Open in New Window03/18/2020
Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the 2020 Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Earthquakes Open in New Window01/14/2020
CMS Emergency Efforts for Hurricane Dorian 09/19/2019
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of North Carolina Claims Open in New Window09/06/2019
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related States of Georgia and South Carolina Claims Open in New Window09/05/2019
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims Open in New Window09/04/2019
Hurricane Dorian and Medicare Disaster Related State of Florida Claims Open in New Window09/04/2019
Tropical Storm Barry and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims Open in New Window07/16/2019
   

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