NCMS Morning Rounds 1-4-2022

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds

January 4, 2022

We hope your 2022 is off to a fantastic start!

CMS Guidance on the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule that was published on November 5, 2021. The emergency regulation helps safeguard health care workers and the people they serve from COVID-19 and its variants for all individuals seeking care by imposing requirements regarding vaccinations for eligible staff at health care facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This guidance provides important information on implementation, as well as guidelines to assess and maintain compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health care workers at facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

A link to this guidance can be found here.

New Medicaid Option Promotes Enhanced Mental Health, Substance Use Crisis Care

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is working with states to promote access to Medicaid services for people with mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) crises. Authorized under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), states have a new option for supporting community-based mobile crisis intervention services for individuals with Medicaid.

Read full Press Release here.

No Surprises Act Independent Dispute Resolution

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments), in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), have jointly released guidance regarding the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process for certified IDR entities.

On October 7, 2021, the Departments and OPM published interim final rules, titled Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II, implementing various provisions of the No Surprises Act, including the Federal IDR process for resolving payment disputes between clinicians and health plans, taking consumers out of the middle. The interim final rules also include requirements governing IDR entities certified to make payment determinations under the Federal IDR process.

In the News

CDC considering revision to isolation guidance for asymptomatic people, Dr. Fauci says, Becker’s, 1-3-21

Learning Opportunity 

Incorporating Trauma Informed Care in the Tailored Care Management (TCM) Model, Tuesday, January 11, 2022

This course will allow participants to enhance their understanding of the potential impact of exposures to Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and other traumas, and to consider the value of providing a trauma-informed approach in the Tailored Care Management Model.

Learn more and register here.

 

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