Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Free Webinar: CMS COVID-19 Waivers for IRFs (May 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Description: UDSMR will discuss these waivers, how they impact IRF-PAI completion, and address some of the frequently asked questions we receive from our subscribers. We will also provide CMS clarifications on these waivers which we have received as a result of ongoing UDSMR outreach and advocacy efforts.
Click here to register and for more information.

*Updated* CMS List of Blanket Waivers

Click here to view the Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers currently in effect.

UDSMR IRF Covid-19 Discussion Panel Recording

Description: Guest panelists discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their communities, their hospitals, and their rehabilitation facilities. 
Click here to listen to our discussion panel that was held Thursday, April 9.

Off-Cycle release of new COVID-19 ICD-10 code

U07.1 with a tier of D now added to the UDS-PROi® software. Click here to view our newsletter for more information.

CMS releases interim Final Rule

Click here to view “Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” the interim Final Rule that CMS released on March 31. The rule addresses a variety of payment and practice needs for patients and health care providers raised in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as expanding telehealth practice and relaxing rules for teaching physician practice. Comments on the interim final rule are due June 1 by 5 p.m. EST.

The COVID Tracking Project

Click here to view the COVID Tracking Project website. The COVID Tracking Project collects and publishes the most complete testing data available for US states and territories.

COVID-19: Dear Clinician Letter

Click here to view the letter CMS posted to clinicians that outlines a summary of actions CMS has taken to ensure clinicians have maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to providing patient care during the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The summary includes information about telehealth and virtual visits, accelerated and advanced payments, and recent waiver information.

CMS website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stakeholder Calls

Click here to view the CMS web site that offers all the podcasts and transcripts pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A message from our Executive Committee

With regard to the coronavirus pandemic, our Executive Committee wants to thank our subscribers and health-care professionals for all they are doing during these challenging times. To read the full message, please click here.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Click here to view this CMS document highlighting the temporary government waivers and rule changes for IRFs to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities

Click here to view a new CMS page that highlights the waivers, new rules, and flexibilities available during the coronavirus pandemic. The page includes numerous fact sheets and FAQs specific to different kinds of health-care providers. State-specific waivers are listed at the bottom of the page.

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) website

Click here for all the latest information from the CDC website.

Global map of outbreak

Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center- includes this link to a global map of the disease outbreak created by their Center for Systems Science and Engineering.