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COVID-19 – Important News About the Coronavirus

During the current coronavirus emergency, Comagine Health is fully staffed, and business operations are not interrupted. We are poised to accommodate the rapidly changing environment and our staff and teams are working virtually, providing technical assistance and support to health care providers and our communities during this time.

For utilization review, case management and related activities, we are continuing to process requests and answer calls via our toll-free numbers during standard business hours. We have business continuity plans in place to serve our clients, health care providers, patients and communities while also protecting our staff and minimizing the spread of the illness.

We are committed to supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to provide information and resources as they are available.


COVID-19 Resources

Comagine Health recommends the following sources for important guidance and updates about the COVID-19 outbreak. Please refer to these sources for the most current, updated guidance from national and local leaders.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca


World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Recent Updates on COVID-19 for the States We Serve

Alabama Department of Public Health

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

California State Department of Public Health

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Mississippi Department of Health

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

New Mexico Department of Health

Oregon Health Authority

Utah Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health

Washington, D.C. Department of Health


End Stage Renal Disease Network Information

ESRD Network 16

ESRD Network 18


Medicare Administrative Contractors

COVID-19 Provider Hotline

866-575-4067

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CT

Hosted by Noridian Jurisdiction F — Medicare Part B (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming). Answers questions on provisional billing privileges and enrollment flexibilities afforded by the COVID-19 waiver for providers, as well as advance payments related to COVID-19.

For a list of other MACs, visit https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Contracting/FFSProvCustSvcGen/MAC-Website-List.


QIO Resources

https://qioprogram.org/covid-19


COVID-19 News

Expanded Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries

On March 17, 2020, the Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare — administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

To read the Fact Sheet on this announcement visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

To read the Frequently Asked Questions on this announcement visit: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-telehealth-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-31720.pdf

For further details and ongoing updates please visit the CMS website: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/president-trump-expands-telehealth-benefits-medicare-beneficiaries-during-covid-19-outbreak.


2019 MIPS Data Submission Deadline Extended

The 2019 MIPS Data Submission Deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020, 8:00 pm ET. Individual MIPS eligible clinicians who do not submit their MIPS data by the submission deadline will qualify for the 2019 automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy. MIPS eligible clinicians, groups and virtual groups not able to complete their 2019 MIPS data submission can now apply for a 2019 extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response fact sheet for more information and subscribe to the QPP listserv for program updates.