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Governor Newsom recently launched the California Health Corps, an initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join. For more information click here and go to California News.
COVID-19: Noridian has taken appropriate measure to ensure that we remain open and fully functional. The provider Contact Center is open and taking calls. Claims and redeterminations are being processed in the usual and timely manner. In order to provide the latest correct information to providers and beneficiaries, CMS has directed MACs to refer providers to the CMS Current Emergencies page. For more information click here and go to Noridian News.
MOASC wants to assure their members and colleagues that if the need arises, MOASC Board, Officers & Staff are available to answer any questions you may have. Through this publication and e-mail notices, MOASC has provided COVID-19 related advice regarding telehealth, Cares Act funding, pension plan funding and the nuance of these programs in your practice. PLEASE SHARE YOUR CONCERNS AND ISSUES WITH US. For more information click here and go to MOASC News.
Many physician practices are in receipt of funds that were deposited, by HHS, directly into their practice accounts this past weekend. These monies are distributions earmarked for providers from the CARES Act. HHS made the decision to distribute the first $30 billion of the $100 billion to hospitals and Part B providers who billed Medicare under Part B in 2019. COA Executive Director, Ted Okon, believes that, “… HHS is very concerned about the strains on all providers treating COVID-19. It is believed that HHS is concerned that the very foundation of our medical treatment system is in serious jeopardy…” This infusion is not “free” money, it is payment for services rendered. HHS has provided each recipient of funds with Term and Conditions under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (the “Relief Fund”) that was funded with the $100 billion under CARES. For more information click here and go to National News.
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