APDA COVID-19 Information, Updates and Resources

Visit this website daily for the latest information that APDA has to share about COVID-19. As concerns evolve with the coronavirus, we are working to bring our members and Portable Diagnostic partners the necessary guidance to prevent the spread of this disease and keep you informed of the ever changing policies programs, coding, compliance and more.
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June 2, 2020 HHS provides additional $250M to help US healthcare systems respond to Covid 19. Per HHS, "The funds will support hospitals and other health care entities to train workforces, expand telemedicine and the use of virtual healthcare, procure supplies and equipment, and coordinate effectively across regional, state and jurisdictional, and local health care facilities to respond to COVID-19."

June 1, 2020 Enhanced enforcement actions for Nursing Homes announced. Increased reporting requirements, increased and more stringent inspections-on-site surveys (within three to five days of identification) of any nursing home with new COVID-19 suspected and confirmed cases.

May 31, 202
0 Follow the progress of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.
The U.S. Senate must also pass the bill. A Senate vote is anticipated in early June. If the Senate bill is not identical, the House and Senate will have to confer and approve one single bill before it becomes law.

May 29, 2020 Payroll Protection Program Update
....... The House has passed a bill (now waiting for Senate approval) called the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. It makes changes to the PPP that includes extending the period for using loans to 24 week. It also would let borrowers spend just 60% rather than 75% of their loan proceeds on paying workers and still be eligible for loan forgiveness. 

May 24, 2020 Updated Cares Act Provider Relief Fund FAQs - Balance billing, Publication of provider payment data, appeals, reporting requirements and more

May 22, 2020 Preparing for widespread testing  See this link- As prepared by AHCA/NSAL, this document contains guidance for providers on testing staff and residents. Who gets tested, How to access tests, Reimbursement for tests and more.

May 20, 2020 Reminder-Providers must act by June 3, 2020 to receive additional relief fund general distribution payment.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional payment from the Provider Relief Fund $50 billion General Distribution.

May 19, 2020 Could your company be eligible for the employee retention credit? The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

May 18, 2020 CMS announces Nursing Home reopening recommendations for state and local officials
See FAQ on reopening and required Nursing Home testing of staff and vendors

May 15, 2020 Important updates to PPP - loan under $2M eligible for forgiveness
See this link - Question #46 for more information:

May 13, 2020 Updated Nursing Home Toolkit -outlining actions by state

May 12, 2020 Update to Blanket Waivers -
additional waivers, price transparency, letter to nursing homes, FAQs

May 11, 2020 Medicre Pharmacies and other suppliers may temporarily enroll as Independent Clinical Laboratories to help address Covid-19 testing 
Pharmacies and other suppliers currently enrolled in Medicare may also enroll temporarily as independent clinical diagnostic laboratories during the COVID-19 public health emergency via the provider enrollment hotline. 

May 7, 2020 HHS extends period to attest to the terms and conditions of the Provider Relief Funds to 45 days. 

May 6, 2020 CMS Updates Nursing Home reporting requirements
 to CDC, Families, Residents and Staff (portable providers are considered staff), enhanced enforcement with penalties, updated Covid focused survey tools, and new deficiency tags. 
CDC will begin posting data from the National Healthcare Safety Network for viewing by facilities, stakeholders, or the general public. The Covid-19 public use file will be available at

May 6, 2020 
Provider level data for the HHS Provider Relief Fund general distribution is available online here: 

May 5, 2020 OCR Issues Guidance on Covered Health Care Providers
and Restrictions on Media Access to Protected Health Information about Individuals in Their Facilities

May 5, 2020 Return to work criteria for Healthcare Personnel with confirmed or suspected Covid-19- updated

May 1, 2020 CMS issues update to Blanket Waivers
CMS issues Blanket Waivers of Sanctions under the physician self referral law - 

On March 30, 2020, CMS issued blanket waivers of sanctions under the physician self-referral law for COVID-19 Purposes. These blanket waivers provide vital flexibility for physicians and providers in the fight against COVID-19.  The waivers are effective March 1, 2020 and may be used without notifying CMS.  View the Blanket Waivers of Section 1877(g) (PDF)

April 30, 2020 Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 29, 2020 List of all States modifying licensure requirements due to Covid-19 waivers - out of state physicians, license renewals, CME requirements

April 27, 2020 Sign up period begins today for Covid-19 claims reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for testing and treatment of uninsured. As part of the FFCRA and CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide claims reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 and treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis. See Terms and Conditions

April 27, 2020 Paycheck Protection Program resumes April 27, 2020 10:30 am EDT

April 26, 2020
CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and suspends Advance Payment Program

April 24, 2020 Cares Act $50B Provider Relief Fund General Distribution Portal now open 
Providers who have already received payments from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund must attest to each payment associated with their billing Taxpayer Identification Number(s). In addition, providers who have already received payments will need to upload their most recent IRS tax filings as well as estimates of lost revenues for March and April 2020.Providers who receive funds from the general distribution have to sign an attestation confirming receipt of funds and agree to the terms and conditions of payment and confirm the CMS cost report.
Click here to sign the attestation and accept the Terms and Conditions Click here to access the General Distribution Portal

April 23, 2020 CMS implements a number of flexibilities for Medicare Advantage
 - such as co-pay, deductible and pre-auth waivers.
April 23, 2020 List of Health Insurance Providers and how they are responding to these flexibilities

April 22, 2020 Update to Cares Act $50B Provider Relief Fund announcing addtional allocations. APDA is currently reviewing this allocation for applicability to the Diagnostic Portable Industry. On April 24, a portion of providers will automatically be sent an advance payment based off the revenue data they submit in CMS cost reports. Providers without adequate cost report data on file will need to submit their revenue information to a portal opening this week. Please monitor the following link: for Portal access. Providers who receive their money automatically will still need to submit their revenue information so that it can be verified. 

April 21, 2020 Update to Covid-19 blanket waivers and flexibilities
see detail on provider specific waivers and approved waivers by state

April 19, 2020 CMS issues Recommendations to Reopen
Healthcare systems in areas with Low Incidence of Covid-19

April 19, 2020 Trump Administration announces new Nursing Home Covid-19 Transparency effort

April 16, 2020 White House presents Guidelines to Opening Up America Again

April 13, 2020 UPDATE TO CDC GUIDANCE ON RETURN TO WORK for Healthcare Personnel with confirmed or suspected Covid-19

April 11, 2020 AHCA/NCAL Issues Guidance on Reporting Covid-19 in SNFs and ALFs

April 9, 2020 CARES ACT PROVIDER RELIEF FUND-These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers, and will not need to be repaid. 

NOTE: Within 30 days of receiving the payment, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. The portal for signing the attestation is now open-click here PORTAL


April 1, 2020 NEW ICD-10-CM Official Covid Coding and Reporting Guidelines April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 
March 31, 2020  ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines - Supplement Coding encounters related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak


March 25, 2020 COVID-19 WAIVER 1135 - Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief FAQs

March 23, 2020 ASRT offers Free Infection Control Course including CEUs for X-Ray Technologists-no membership required

arch 18, 2020-New Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE

March 18, 2020-EEOC Clarifies Employer Rights 
What You Should Know about the ADA, Rehabilitation Act and Covid-19

OSHA STANDARDS-PPE, Employee rights, employer responsibilities, preventing worker exposure, 

COVID 19 AND THE WORKPLACE - Department of Labor 

March 12, 2020 ICD10 CODING FOR COVID-19- How to use ICD 10 CM new codes for COVID-19


ADHERE TO STANDARD AND TRANSMISSION BASED PRECAUTIONS-Standard Precautions assume that every person is potentially infected or colonized with a pathogen that could be transmitted in the healthcare setting. Read More

CDC CORONAVIRUS-Information on PPE supply, prevention tools, World Health Organization

COVID 19 FAQ FOR EMPLOYERS-Employee leave, wage & hour issues, workplace safety issues, w/c

March 11, 2020 ACR Recommendations for the use of CXR and CT for suspected COVID-19 infection


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