Major Updates – COVID-19

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a webpage to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.

South Dakota Funeral Director Association Transfer of Deceased Patients Memo

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association (SDFDA) is sharing with you and all the healthcare organizations in our state, a Recommendation Letter to Facilitate the Transfer of Deceased Patients from Nursing Homes, Long Term Care Facilities, and Hospice Houses. You can also find the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Postmortem Specimens from COVID-19 PUI Individuals

CMS implementing extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is supporting clinicians on the front lines by getting red tape out of the way so the healthcare delivery system can focus on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. CMS is implementing additional extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming quality measure reporting and data submission deadlines for the following CMS programs:

 Hospital Programs

  • Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program
  • CrownWeb National ESRD Patient Registry and Quality Measure Reporting System
  • End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program
  • Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program
  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
  • Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program
  • Promoting Interoperability Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

Post-Acute Care Programs

  • Home Health Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • Long Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program

Provider Programs

  • Quality Payment Program – Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

To find the time lines, see the notice: CMS Program Relief

Don’t forget that SDAHO also has a resource webpage for all things COVID-19 HERE. This webpage is updated weekdays at 4:00 pm.