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March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Updates for Anesthesiologists and CRNAs

March 31, 2020

As the United States grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many anesthesiologists and CRNAs are struggling to understand how this unfolding situation will affect their practice financially and logistically. A pair for updates from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides critical updates that affect physician supervision requirements and accelerated reimbursements.

If you have questions about how these updates affect your practice during these updates affect your practice, contact us at (800) 477-4544 for a free consultation.

CMS Temporarily Suspends Physician Supervision Requirements for CRNAs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended physician supervision requirements for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)—an action that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) deems a critical step for CRNAs to serve the U.S. healthcare system more effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More on The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Website

Accelerated and Advance Payments Program For Providers and Suppliers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a fact sheet explaining how it intends to put money directly into the hands of professional clinicians and hospitals whose surgical caseloads—and income—have plummeted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. According to the fact sheet, “CMS is authorized to provide accelerated or advance payments during the period of the public health emergency to any Medicare provider/supplier who submits a request to the appropriate Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) and meets the required qualifications.“

Read More on the Emergency Program Fact Sheet

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