ADVANCE CARE PLANNING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-04-ASC January 14, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES Original signed by Ley Arquisola FROM: LEY ARQUISOLA, R.N., M.S.N.Acting Deputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-04-ASC provides guidance to Adult and Senior Care (ASC) residential licensees related to advance care planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CMS releases 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2021 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS releases 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement Releasing Medicare Advantage and Part D payment information will help plans in light of COVID-19 Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 2022 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D rates three months earlier than usual providing Medicare health and prescription drug plans more time to consider this information as they prepare and finalize their bids for 2022, which are due June 7, 2021.

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CMS releases additional tools to help state Medicaid and CHIP agencies plan for the eventual return to regular operations after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ends

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two tools to assist states and territories in their planning efforts to transition back to regular operations and resolve pending Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program (BHP) eligibility and enrollment actions after the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE) ends.  These tools were announced in the Planning for the Resumption of Normal State Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program (BHP) Operations Upon Conclusion of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency State Health Official Letter that CMS released on December 22, 2020.

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CMS released preliminary Medicaid COVID-19 increased FMAP expenditure data

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released preliminary Medicaid expenditure data that states reported to CMS through the Medicaid Budget and Expenditure System (MBES).    This information is summary level data for Medicaid service expenditures reported by states on the Form CMS-64 in MBES for the period of January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020 and April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.  The data includes a breakout of expenditures associated with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) section 6004 which provides a 100% Federal match to uninsured individuals eligible under the new “COVID-19 testing” optional Medicaid eligibility group and section 6008 which provides a temporary 6.2 percentage point increase to qualifying states and territory’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP).        Learn more here: Medicaid CMS-64 FFCRA Increased FMAP Expenditure Data Collected through MBES .pf-button.pf-button-excerpt { display: none; }

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They’re the most likely to die from COVID-19, but hardly any have been vaccinated

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, January 15 2021 Public health officials have failed to quickly deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the vast majority of sick and elderly residents of California’s longterm care facilities, even though they are among the most vulnerable during the pandemic.(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times) As public health officials scramble to clear a backlog of unused COVID-19 vaccine by opening the process to anyone 65 or older, new data show they failed to quickly deliver shots to the vast majority of California’s most vulnerable residents, who were supposed to be the priority.

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Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Will Provide Better Coverage, More Access and Improved Transparency for Medicare Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2021 Contact: CMS Media Relations CMS Media Inquiries Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Will Provide Better Coverage, More Access and Improved Transparency for Medicare Beneficiaries Final rule continues to strengthen the popular private Medicare health and drug plans. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further advances the agency’s efforts to strengthen and modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs.

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CMS Puts Patients Over Paperwork with New Rule that Addresses the Prior Authorization Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2021 Contact: CMS Media Relations CMS Media Inquiries CMS Puts Patients Over Paperwork with New Rule that Addresses the Prior Authorization Process Final rule gives providers access to patient treatment histories, and streamlines prior authorization to improve patient experience and alleviate burden for health care providers Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a signature accomplishment of the new Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics (OBRHI).

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