Covid-19 Resource Page for WSHPCO Provider Members

Weekly Covid-19 Communication, Emails

Please email mccauley@wshpco.org if you’d like any of the below emails sent to you. Please specify the week, date of email and reference.

March 29-April 4, 2020

  • Barb Hansen email March 30 re: Answer from CMS to the question: Is Hospice Item Set Data included in what does NOT have to be submitted?
  • Barb Hansen email March 30 re: FW: Several Updates: Blanket 1135 Waiver issued!!!! Also: HIS data submission, Telehealth and more
  • Barb Hansen email March 30 re: FW: Info about national stakeholder call with CMS Admin. Seema Verma Tuesday morning 3/31 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time
  • Barb Hansen email March 31 re: FW: Information regarding the NOON CALL TODAY with CMS for HH and Hospice providers, the info regarding the blanket waiver issued yesterday that includes Hospices and notes from this morning’s call with CMS Admin. Seema Verma
  • Barb Hansen email March 31 re: Information about the CMS Blanket Waiver issued on Monday March 30th and a few notes about face masks

March 22-29, 2020

  • Barb Hansen email March 24 re: FW: To Discharge or not to discharge-that is the question!
  • Barb Hansen email March 24 re: FW: CMS Updates re: Suspension of submission of CAHPs data, Info about Survey Activity Priorities and one “reminder” for staff during this “Stay Home” time
  • Barb Hansen email March 25 re: An article by Atul Gawande you may want to share with direct-care staff and CMS/NHPCO comments re HIS submission and whether or not to discharge Hospice patients you haven’t been able to visit
  • Barb Hansen email March 25 re: Urgent question: Face Shields–could your staff use these and, if so, how many per week do you need?
  • Barb Hansen email March 26 re: FW: Washington State 1135 Waiver Requests
  • Barb Hansen email March 26 re: Use of Telehealth for Hospice F2F vists. Information about the bill (which includes the use of Telehealth for Hospice F2F visits) was approved by the Senate on March 26 and is pending approval by the House. Link to the CARES Act, HR 748: https://www.nhpco.org/wp-content/uploads/CARES-Act-Final.pdf
    • Page 370, Lines 17-20. SEC. 3706. USE OF TELEHEALTH TO CONDUCT FACE-TO FACE ENCOUNTER PRIOR TO RECERTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR HOSPICE CARE DURING EMERGENCY PERIOD.
    • Page 370, Lines 21-26. Section 1814(a)(7)(D)(i) of the Social Security Act 22 (42 U.S.C. 1395f(a)(7(D)(i)) is amended—
    • (1) by striking ‘‘a hospice’’ and inserting ‘‘(I) subject to subclause (II), a hospice’’; and
    • (2) by inserting after subclause (I), as added by paragraph (1), the following new subclause:
      • Page 371, Lines 1-6. 371 – O:\HEN\HEN20312.xml [file 1 of 2] S.L.C. ‘‘(II) during the emergency period described in section 1135(g)(1)(B), a hospice physician or nurse practitioner may conduct a face-to-face encounter required under this clause via telehealth, as deter6 mined appropriate by the Secretary; and
      • Page 371, Line 7. SEC. 3707. ENCOURAGING USE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS FOR HOME HEALTH SERVICES FURNISHED DURING EMERGENCY PERIOD
  • Barb Hansen email March 27 re: FW: Washington State 1135 Waiver Requests
  • Barb Hansen email March 27 re: FW: Washington State 1135 Waiver Request Approved by CMS and info about the use of Telehealth for F2F visits

March 15-21, 2020

  • Meg McCauley email March 16 re: Updated CMS Guidance for Nursing Homes: Hospice Workers may visit patients and visitors may visit at “the end of life”
  • Barb Hansen email March 17 re: FW: COVID-19 Update: 03/17/2020 Info from NHPCO re: telehealth and info from the DOH re: facilities not allowing Hospices to visit
  • Meg McCauley email March 18 re: FW: REQUST: COS to Contact Congress/CMS about 1135 Waivers
  • Barb Hansen email March 19 re: FW: DOH notification on suspension of inspections
  • Barb Hansen email March 19 re: Letter to Hospice Administrators regarding Physician/NP F2F recertification visits
  • Meg McCauley email March 20 re: Updates re: blanket waiver request, telehealth, CDC and CMS information
  • Barb Hansen email March 20 re: Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) March 17, 2020: https://edit.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-telehealth-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-31720.pdf
  • Barb Hansen email March 20 re: My notes from today’s CMS 1135 Waiver and Telehealth call
  • Barb Hansen email March 20 re: Updated info and new request from the WA DOH re 1135 Waiver Submissions

March 8-14, 2020

March 1-7, 2020

  • Barb Hansen email March 2 re: State and CDC references regarding Health Care Provider Resources
  • Barb Hansen email March 5 re: Follow-up from today’s Regulatory/QAPI Call