Emergency and Disaster Instructions

Published 05/19/2022

When a natural disaster, extreme weather or other emergency occurs that affects Medicare providers and the beneficiaries that they serve, special emergency-related policies and procedures may be implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For detailed information on these policies and procedures, please see the following resources:

This section provides information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). CMS has developed helpful information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Vaccines

Coronavirus: Overview

General Information and Updates

CMS MLN Connects

  • MLN Connects - Thursday, May 5, 2022: COVID-19: Patients Can Get Free Over-the-Counter Tests from Participating Providers
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, April 14, 2022: COVID-19: New Codes for Moderna Vaccine Booster Doses
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, April 7, 2022: Eligible Individuals Can Receive Second COVID-19 Booster Shot at No Cost
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Wednesday, April 6, 2022: Eligible Individuals Can Receive Second COVID-19 Booster Shot at No Cost
  • MLN Connects Special Edition -  Monday, April 4, 2022: A New Way for Medicare Beneficiaries to Get Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, March 10, 2022: COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies: Revised Emergency Use Authorization for EVUSHELD
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, February 18, 2022: COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies: FDA Authorized Bebtelovimab
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, February 10, 2022: COVID-19: New HCPCS Code for Convalescent Plasma in Outpatient Setting
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, February 3, 2022: COVID-19: Medicare Will Cover Free Over-the-Counter Tests
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, January 27, 2022: COVID-19: Tools to Determine if Vaccine Requirements Apply
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, January 20, 2022: COVID-19: Long-term Care, RHCs, & FQHCs
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, January 13, 2022: COVID-19: Long-term Care, Remdesivir, & Booster Doses
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, January 7, 2022: COVID-19: New HCPCS Code for Remdesivir Antiviral Medication
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, December 23rd, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccine Access in Long-Term Care Settings
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, November 2,  2021: CMS Encourages People with Medicare to get COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, November 18, 2021: COVID-19: Changes to Nursing Home Visitation & Survey Activities
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, November 4, 2021: COVID-19: Changes for Medicare Advantage Plan Claims Starting January 1
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, November 4, 2021: Biden-Harris Administration Issues Emergency Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, October 22, 2021: COVID-19: Moderna & Jansen (J&J) Booster Shots
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, September 24, 2021: CMS Will Pay for COVID-19 Booster Shots, Eligible Consumers Can Receive at No Cost
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, September 23, 2021: COVID-19: Compare Nursing Homes by Vaccination Rate
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, September 17, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccines: Act Now
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, September 9, 2021: SNF: WBT & COVID-19 Reminder
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, August 24, 2021: CMS Expands Medicare Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, August 16, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccines Additional Doses: Codes & Payment
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, August 13, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Dose
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 12, 2021: COVID-19: Vaccinate Your Patients
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, August 2, 2021: CMS Final Rule Improves Health Equity, Access to Treatment, Hospital Readiness, and COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting of Hospital Workers
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, July 22, 2021: COVID-19: EUA for Tocilizumab Monoclonal Antibody Product
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, July 8 , 2021: COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments: Updated FAQs
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, June 17, 2021: COVID-19: EUAs for Monoclonal Antibody Products
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Wednesday, June 9th, 2021: 
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, May 11, 2021: CMS Expanding Efforts to Grow COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Amongst Nation’s Most Vulnerable
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, May 6, 2021: CMS Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, May 6, 2021: COVID-19: Ambulance Treatment in Place Waiver
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, April 22, 2021: COVID-19: Partnership to Vaccinate Dialysis Patients & Health Care Personnel
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, April 20, 2021: COVID-19 Update: FDA Revoked the EUA for Bamlanivimab When Administered Alone
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Wednesday, April 14, 2021: J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Alert
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, April 1, 2021: Repayment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, March 15, 2021: Medicare Payment Increase for COVID-19 Vaccine
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, March 4, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: EUA for Janssen Biotech
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, February 18, 2021: COVID-19: EUA for Antibody Treatment
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, January 7, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccines: CDC Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, December 22, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Moderna
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, December 18, 2020: COVID-19: Add-on Payment for New Treatments
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, December 14, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Pfizer-BioNTech
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Wendesday, December 9, 2020: COVID-19: Medicare Coverage of Antibody Treatment
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, December 3, 2020: COVID-19 Antibody Treatment and Enforcement Discretion Reminder
  • MLN Conncts - Thursday, November 19, 2020: Nursing Homes: Take COVID-19 Training
  • MLN Connects  - Thursday, November 12, 2020: COVID-19: Non-Physician Practitioner Billing for Audio Services
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, November 12, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccine Codes and PC-ACE Software Update
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, November 10, 2020: CMS Takes Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, November 5, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccine: Find Out How to Prepare
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Wendesday, October 28, 2020: Coverage of Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccines & Therapeutics
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, October 15, 2020: COVID-19 Testing: Protecting Integrity
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, October 8, 2020: CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Loans Made to Providers During COVID-19
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, September 18, 2020: New COVID-19 Nursinig Home Visitation Guidance, Kidney Disease Care Model, & Radiation Oncology Payment Model
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, September 17, 2020: Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings, Oregon Wildfires, & Flu 
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 27, 2020: COVID-19: Training to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 20, 2020: Routine Provider Inspections Resume
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 13, 2020: COVID-19: CMS/CDC Nursing Home Training Series Webcast – August 13
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, August 6, 2020: Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Listening Session: Register Now
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, August 4, 2020: PFS, OPPS, and IRF: FY 2021 Payment Rules
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, July 31, 2020: FY 2021 Medicare Payment Policies for IPFs, SNFs, and Hospices
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, July 30, 2020: Payment for COVID-19 Counseling, Reporting Hospital Therapeutics, Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs
  • MLN Connects - Thursday, July 30, 2020: COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries – Updated Data
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, July 23, 2020: COVID-19: New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 23, 2020: Telemedicine Hack: 10-Week Learning Community for Ambulatory Providers
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 16, 2020: Nursing Homes & COVID: Five Things to Know, Additional Resources, Training
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 9, 2020: ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes: FY 2021
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday July 6, 2020: News
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, July 2, 2020: Attend Nursing Home Training Series Webcasts
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, June 26, 2020: News
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 25, 2020: COVID-19: New Data Details Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Friday, June 19, 2020: COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition Code
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 18, 2020: COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory Tests: Billing for Clinician Services
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 11, 2020: COVID-19: Reopening Health Care Facilities
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, June 4, 2020: MLN Connects for June 4, 2020
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, June 1, 2020: COVID-19: Using the CR Modifier and DR Condition
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 29, 2020: New COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, May 28, 2020: MLN Connects for May 28, 2020
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 15, 2020: COVID-19 deadlines, new releases, and important calls
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, May 14, 2020: IPPS/LTCH PPS: FY 2021 Proposed Rule
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Tuesday, May 12, 2020: COVID-19: Additional Waivers, Price Transparency, and the CMS
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, May 8, 2020: COVID-19: Nursing Home Reporting, Updated Telehealth Video, Pharmacies & Other Suppliers Can Enroll as Labs, IRF Flexibilities
  • MLN Connects for April 30, 2020: COVID-19: Lessons from the Front Lines
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - April 27, 2020: COVID-19: CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program 
  • MLN Connects for April 23, 2020: Report Clinical Trial Data to Fight COVID-19 & Earn MIPS Credit 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - April 20, 2020: COVID-19: Nursing Home Transparency, Recommendations for Areas with Low Incidence of Disease 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - April 17, 2020: COVID-19: RHC & FQHC Flexibilities, Increased Payment for Lab Tests, Hospital Waivers, Call Audio and Transcript
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Wednesday, April 15, 2020: COVID-19: Reprocessing Hospital Claims, Essential Diagnostic Services, Non-Invasive Ventilators 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, April 10, 2020: COVID-19: Infection Control, Maximizing Workforce, Updated Q&A, CS Modifier for Cost-Sharing, Payment Adjustment Suspended 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, April 9, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Tuesday, April 7, 2020: COVID-19: Telehealth Video, Coinsurance and Deductible Waived, ASC Attestations, Ambulance Modifiers, Lessons From Front Lines, MLN Call Today 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects – Friday, April 3, 2020: COVID-19: Telehealth Billing Correction, Nursing Home Recommendations, Billing for Multi-Function Ventilators, New ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code 
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Tuesday, March 31, 2020: COVID-19: Regulatory Changes, Telehealth Billing, and Specimen Collection Codes 
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Monday, March 30, 2020: COVID-19: Financial Relief, Nursing Home Telehealth, Quality Reporting, Clinical Laboratories, Hospital Data Sharing 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, March 26, 2020: COVID-19: New Targeted Plan for Health Care Facility Inspections 
  • MLN Connects Special Edition - Thursday, March 26, 2020: COVID-19: Enrollment Relief, Open Payments, Beneficiary Notices 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects – Monday, March 23, 2020: COVID-19: Relief for Quality Reporting Programs and Provider Enrollment 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, March 20, 2020: COVID-19: Telehealth and Non-Essential Procedures 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, March 19, 2020: Medicare FFS Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Tuesday, March 17, 2020: COVID-19: President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Monday, March 16, 2020: COVID-19: FFS Response and Nursing Home Visitor Guidance 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, March 13, 2020: COVID-19: Test Pricing, Diagnostic Lab Tests, Pricing & Codes, and EHB Coverage 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, March 12, 2020: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Monday, March 9, 2020: COVID-19 Response: CMS Issues FAQs to Assist Medicare Providers 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Friday, March 6, 2020: CMS Develops Additional Code for Coronavirus Lab Tests 
  • Special Edition MLN Connects - Wednesday, March 4, 2020: CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, February 27, 2020: COVID-19 Coding Guidance 
  • MLN Connects for Thursday, February 20, 2020: Bill Correctly for Medicare Telehealth Services

Health Care Facilities

  • New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) — SE20016 (PDF)
  • New Waivers for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospitals, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) due to Provisions of the CARES Act — SE20015 (PDF)
  • Letter requesting hospitals report data in connection with their efforts to fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)
  • Accelerated and Advanced Payments Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes-Revise (PDF)
  • Guidance for Use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel (3/10/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (3/10/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Dialysis Facilities (3/10/20)
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ( EMTALA ) Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (3/9/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by Hospice Agencies (3/9/20)
  • Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge (3/4/20)
  • Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness (2019-nCoV) (2/6/20) 

All Health Professional Guidance

Telehealth

Labs

Billing and Coding

  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes Subject to and Excluded from Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) — MM11640 (PDF)
  • Update to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for Vaping Related Disorder and 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) — MM11623 (PDF)

Finance

Provider Enrollment

Palmetto GBA COVID-19 Education


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Learn About the Provider Relief Fund Phase 3Provider Relief Fund CMS Phase 3 Fact SheetUpdate: Submission of Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended to January 1, 2021CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: General InformationCMS Updates Telehealth Video: Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual ServicesMedicare Pharmacies and Other Suppliers May Temporarily Enroll as Independent Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories to Help Address COVID-19 TestingCOVID-19 Blanket Swing Bed Waiver for Addressing Barriers to Nursing Home Placement for Hospitalized IndividualsCOVID-19: Waive Cost-Sharing for Hospital Outpatient DepartmentsPalmetto GBA's Commitment To The Community During COVID-19New Waivers for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospitals, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) due to Provisions of the CARES ActImmediate Infusion of $30 Billion into Health Care SystemCMS Questionnaire to Determine Primary Payer During the Public Health EmergencyCost Report Filing ExtensionsWhat Partners Need to Know Now about Medicare FraudCOVID-19 Tips: Go Paperless with eServiceseServices: COVID-19 Transition ModuleCMS Coronavirus Partner Virtual ToolkitCOVID-19 Laboratory Test PricingModifiers Used During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)Protect Yourself: Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine ScamsCOVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know NowRHC Productivity Standard ExceptionsHospitals: Physician Time Studies During the COVID-19 PHEProvider Enrollment Hotline: Temporary Provisional Medicare Billing PrivilegesRepayment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments Began on March 30, 2021Vaccines.gov WebsiteSubmit Medicare GME Affiliation Agreements during COVID-19 PHE by January 1CMS Infographic: Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Vaccination Administered in the HomeMLN Connects Special Edition: Monday, August 2, 2021CMS COVID-19 Vaccine ToolkitsBiden-Harris Administration Takes Additional Action to Protect America's Nursing Home Residents from COVID-19Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)MLN Connects for Thursday, November 4, 2021Billing VEKLURY (Remdesivir) Antiviral Medication in Outpatient SettingsNew and Expanded Flexibilities for RHCs and FQHCs during the COVID-19 PHEPositive COVID-19 Test Results Required for 20 Percent Increase to MS-DRG WeightingNEW: 2022 Billing for COVID-19 Vaccine and Monoclonal Antibody Products for Medicare Advantage Plan PatientsComing Soon: Offset Percentage Increase for COVID-19 Accelerated or Advanced Payment RefundsImportant Reminder: Medicare FFS Claims Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) ResumesMLN Connects Special Edition: Thursday, April 8, 2022MLN Connects for Thursday, April 14, 2021MLN Connects for Thursday, April 21, 2022MLN Connects for Thursday, May 5, 2022MLN Connects for Thursday, May 26, 2022July 2022 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)MLN Connects for Thursday, June 30, 2022