CMS is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Advance Medicare payments provide emergency funding and address cash flow issues based on historical payments when there is disruption in claims submission and/or claims processing, as is happening in the current crisis.
Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has waived off HIPAA requirement in telehealth for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency by the way of enforcement discretion. It will not impose penalties against those who are not complying with the security guidelines laid out in HITECH Act.
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