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).

COVID-19 Vaccines

Coronavirus-Overview

General Information and Updates

  • CMS Coronavirus Partner Virtual Toolkit   

CMS MLN Connects

  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 27, 2020: COVID-19: Training to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 20, 2020: Routine Provider Inspections Resume
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 13, 2020: COVID-19: CMS/CDC Nursing Home Training Series Webcast – August 13
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 6, 2020: Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Listening Session: Register Now
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, August 4, 2020: PFS, OPPS, and IRF: FY 2021 Payment Rules
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, July 31, 2020: FY 2021 Medicare Payment Policies for IPFs, SNFs, and Hospices
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, July 30, 2020: Payment for COVID-19 Counseling, Reporting Hospital Therapeutics, Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, July 30, 2020: COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries – Updated Data
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, July 23, 2020: COVID-19: New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 23, 2020: Telemedicine Hack: 10-Week Learning Community for Ambulatory Providers
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 16, 2020: Nursing Homes & COVID: Five Things to Know, Additional Resources, Training
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 9, 2020: ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes: FY 2021
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday July 6, 2020: News
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 2, 2020: Attend Nursing Home Training Series Webcasts
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, June 26, 2020: News
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 25, 2020: COVID-19: New Data Details Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, June 19, 2020: COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition Code
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 18, 2020: COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory Tests: Billing for Clinician Services
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 11, 2020: COVID-19: Reopening Health Care Facilities
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 4, 2020: MLN Connects for June 4, 2020
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, June 1, 2020: COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 29, 2020: New COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, May 28, 2020: MLN Connects for May 28, 2020 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

Health Care Facilities

  • New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) (SE20016 [PDF, 253 KB])
  • New Waivers for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospitals, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) due to Provisions of the CARES Act (SE20015 [PDF 179 KB])
  • Letter requesting hospitals report data in connection with their efforts to fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF, 416 KB)
  • Accelerated and Advanced Payments Fact Sheet (PDF, 100 KB)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes-Revise (PDF, 151 KB)
  • Guidance for Use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel (3/10/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (3/10/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Dialysis Facilities (3/10/20)
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ( EMTALA ) Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (3/9/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by Hospice Agencies (3/9/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge (3/4/20)
  • Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness (2019-nCoV) (2/6/20)  

All Health Professional Guidance

Telehealth

Labs

Billing and Coding

  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes Subject to and Excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) (MM11640 [PDF, 203 KB])
  • Update to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for Vaping Related Disorder and 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) ( MM11623 [PDF, 166 KB])

Finance

Provider Enrollment

Palmetto GBA COVID-19 Education





Emergency and Disaster Instructions Articles


Update: Submission of Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended to January 1, 2021Instructions to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) on COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Medicare-Dependent, Small Rural Hospitals and Sole Community HospitalsLearn About the Provider Relief Fund Phase 3CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: General InformationNew Point of Origin Code for Transfer from a Designated Disaster Alternate Care SiteProvider Relief Fund CMS Phase 3 Fact SheetNew and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)CMS Questionnaire to Determine Primary Payer During the Public Health EmergencyMLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, December 14, 2020MLN Connects for Thursday, January 7, 2021MLN Connects for Thursday, February 18, 2021MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, December 18, 2020: COVID-19: Add-on Payment for New Treatments.Submit Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements during COVID-19 PHE by January 1New Waivers for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospitals, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) due to Provisions of the CARES ActCost Report Filing ExtensionsMLN Connects Special Edition - Wednesday, December 9, 2020Medical Review Administrative Relief Related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicApril 2020 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 21.1MLN Connects for Thursday, December 17, 2020MLN Connects for Thursday, January 21, 2021Medicare Pharmacies and Other Suppliers May Temporarily Enroll as Independent Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories to Help Address COVID-19 TestingPalmetto GBA's Commitment To The Community During COVID-19COVID-19 Vaccine and Monoclonal Antibody Billing for Part A ProvidersCMS Updates Telehealth Video: Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual ServicesUpdate to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) Diagnosis Codes for Vaping Related Disorder and Diagnosis and Procedure Codes for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)MLN Connects for Thursday, February 11, 2021COVID-19 Blanket Swing Bed Waiver for Addressing Barriers to Nursing Home Placement for Hospitalized IndividualsWhat Partners Need to Know Now about Medicare FraudImmediate Infusion of $30 Billion into Health Care SystemCOVID-19: Waive Cost-Sharing for Hospital Outpatient DepartmentsMLN Connects for Thursday, March 4, 2021COVID-19 Tips: Go Paperless with eServicesMLN Connects Special Edition - Wednesday, March 10, 2021MLN Connects for Thursday, December 10, 2020Modifiers Used During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)Repayment of Coronavirus Accelerated and Advance PaymentsSummary of Policies in the Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Public Health Emergency (PHE) Interim Final RulesMedicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, December 22, 2020COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know NowCMS Coronavirus Partner Virtual ToolkitProtect Yourself: Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine ScamsMedicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment Suspended (Sequestration)COVID-19 Laboratory Test PricingMLN Connects for Wednesday, December 23, 2020Quarterly Update for Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Laboratory Services Subject to Reasonable Charge PaymentRHC Productivity Standard ExceptionsHospitals: Physician Time Studies During the COVID-19 PHEeServices: COVID-19 Transition ModuleProvider Enrollment Hotline: Temporary Provisional Medicare Billing PrivilegesHome Health Plans of Care: NPs, CNSs and PAs Allowed to CertifyMLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, March 15, 2021MLN Connects for Thursday, March 25, 2021Repayment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments Began on March 30, 2021COVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payment (AAP) Repayment FAQCOVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payment (AAP) Repayment FAQCOVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payment Reminder EmailsCMS COVID-19 Vaccine ToolkitsCOVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payment Repayment Tracking