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May 21, 2020

MLN Connects® for Thursday, May 21, 2020

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  • CMS Releases Additional Waivers for Hospitals and Ground Ambulance Organizations
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Quarterly Update for January - March
  • Nursing Home Quality Initiative: Updated MDS 3.0 Item Sets
  • Hospitals: Submit Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements by October 1 During the COVID-19 PHE


  • COVID-19: Lessons from the Front Lines Calls — May 22 and 29
  • COVID-19: Home Health and Hospice Call — May 26
  • COVID-19: Office Hours Call — May 26
  • COVID-19: Nursing Home Call — May 27
  • COVID-19: Dialysis Organization Call — May 27
  • COVID-19: Nurses Call — May 28
  • Prior Authorization Process and Requirements for Certain Outpatient Hospital Department Services Special Open Door Forum — May 28

MLN Matters® Articles

  • COVID-19 Blanket Swing Bed Waiver for Addressing Barriers to Nursing Home Placement for Hospitalized Individuals
  • Manual Update to Pub. 100-04, Chapter 38, to Remove Identification of Items or Services Related to the 2010 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Section
  • National Coverage Determination (NCD) 20.19 Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
  • National Coverage Determination (NCD 30.3.3): Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain (cLBP)
  • New Physician Specialty Code for Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS) and Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) and a New Supplier Specialty Code for Home Infusion Therapy Services
  • Quarterly Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) - July 2020 Update
  • Therapy Codes Update


  • Procedure Coding: Using the ICD-10-PCS Web-Based Training Course — Revised

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