As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we are seeing expanded coverage for Medicare beneficiaries and funding to help providers to purchase telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide connected care services.
On April 22, HHS released more information on the future of CARES funding; a summary of that information can be found here. Notably, $29.6 billion in CARES funds for health care providers will be distributed to “Medicaid-only providers, dentists, skilled nursing facilities in hot zones, care for the uninsured, and additional hot spot funds as needed.” Of that $29.6 billion, $1 billion will be put into a fund to reimburse care for the uninsured that will be managed by HRSA.
Providers will need to enroll in the program and submit claims for any care that happened after Feb. 4.
Reimbursement will be for testing and care related to a Covid-19 diagnosis, including hospital care, outpatient care, nursing facilities, and FDA-approved treatments.
A person with a short-term health insurance plan doesn’t count as uninsured.
Providers can start registering to receive payments for uninsured care April 27, submit claims starting May 6, and receive payments starting in mid-May.