Month: April 2020

GLITCHES, DELAYS, & FRUSTRATION: UPDATE ON OBTAINING ACCESS TO NEW COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS

April 27, 2020

Yesterday, OOSS reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that healthcare providers, including ASCs, will be eligible to receive grants from a newly available pool of COVID-19 relief funds.

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OOSS Perspective 2020 Virtual Meeting

April 24, 2020

Bruce Maller, a well-respected industry expert and life-long friend of OOSS, will provide strategies, insight, and tools to help ASCs physician-owners and administrators lead their teams through change and plan for success in the new reality.

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RE-OPENING FACILITIES TO PROVIDE NON-COVID CARE DURING PHASE ONE, INCLUDING SURGERY CENTERS

April 20, 2020

These guidelines focus on issues that should be of concern to providers considering re-opening their practices and facilities if states and localities so permit.

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ACS, ASA, AHA, AORN ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING RESUMING ELECTIVE SURGERY AFTER FIRST WAVE OF COVID-19

April 20, 2020

The Statement sets forth principles and considerations to guide physicians and facilities in their resumption of care in operating rooms and all procedural areas, including…

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FEDERAL GUIDELINES ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR PROVIDING ELECTIVE SURGERIES DURING REOPENING OF ECONOMY

April 17, 2020

On Thursday evening, April 16, the federal government issued revised guidelines, Opening Up America Again, establishing three phases for reopening the economy. With respect to ambulatory surgery centers, the policy suggests that “elective surgeries can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CDC guidelines” once a state or region meets certain “gating criteria.”

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OPTIONS FOR YOUR ASC TO PROVIDE SERVICES UNDER CONTRACT WITH LOCAL HOSPITAL

April 13, 2020

CMS has also modified its rules regarding the option to convert ASCs to hospital status during the COVID-19 pandemic. View a summary of these changes.

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HHS announces $30B in grants to medicare providers, including ASCs

April 10, 2020

Today, April 10, 2020, the payments will begin to arrive via direct deposit to eligible providers. An email with the subject line “CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Action Required” was sent this morning on behalf of HHS to eligible providers.

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CMS Issues Guidance for Surgery Centers Temporarily Enrolling As Hospitals During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

April 7, 2020

On April 3, CMS issued a Quality, Safety & Oversight memorandum QSO-20-24-ASC addressed to state survey agencies to provide guidance on processing applications from ASCs that are temporarily enrolling as hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MCG PODCAST- Practical Steps for Managing Your Practice’s or ASC’s Unique Situation During COVID-19

April 1, 2020

MCG sat down to discuss practical steps they have used for their own clients to sort through the large amount of “broad-brush” tips and implement those that apply to an individual business.

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CMS announces accelerated payments for healthcare providers

April 1, 2020

On March 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had expanded its Accelerated and Advance Program to provide financial relief to a broad group of Medicare suppliers and providers. This program will increase cash flow to providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambulatory surgical centers ARE eligible for these payments.

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