Trump Administration Unveils Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Unveils Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices.

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President Trump Announces Lower Out of Pocket Insulin Costs for Medicare’s Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries President Trump Announces Lower Out of Pocket Insulin Costs for Medicare’s Seniors Across the nation, 88 Part D Sponsors applied to the Part D Senior Savings Model to offer enhanced plans with a maximum $35 copay for a broad set of insulins beginning in 2021 Today, under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that over 1,750 standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage have applied to offer lower insulin costs through the Part D Senior Savings Model for the 2021 plan year.

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Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries Final Rule continues to strengthen the popular private Medicare health and drug plans The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand the types of supplemental benefits available for beneficiaries with an MA plan who have chronic diseases, provide support for more MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

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Trump Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries  Trump Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have a Plan in Place to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes Guidance provides critical steps nursing homes should take prior to reopening Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country.  The guidance released today is part of President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.

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Trump Administration Announces Call for Nominations for Nursing Home Commission

May 14, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Announces Call for Nominations for Nursing Home Commission As a part of President Trump’s plan to Open Up America Again, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing a call for nominations for the new contractor-led Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes to help inform immediate and future responses to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) within these facilities.

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CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

May 13, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19 New tool provides innovative solutions for states and facilities to protect our nation’s vulnerable nursing home residents during emergency Today, under the direction of President Trump, CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes.

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CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

April 30, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes  Commission will comprehensively examine best practices in responding to COVID-19 in nursing homes As a part of President Trump’s Opening Up America Again effort, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries At President Trump’s direction, and building on its recent historic efforts to help the U.S. healthcare system manage the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care to the nation’s seniors and provide flexibility to the healthcare system as America reopens.

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New Frequently Asked Questions on EMTALA

CMS issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying requirements and considerations for hospitals and other providers related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQs address questions around patient presentation to the emergency department, EMTALA applicability across facility types, qualified medical professionals, medical screening exams, patient transfer and stabilization, telehealth, and other topics.

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CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program

April 26, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. The agency made this announcement following the successful payment of over $100 billion to healthcare providers and suppliers through these programs and in light of the $175 billion recently appropriated for healthcare provider relief payments.

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