COVID-19 Resources for Premier’s provider community
Latest News & Critical Updates
Codes & Guides
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
HHS has begun distributing the remaining $20 billion of the $50 billion general distribution to Medicare providers to augment providers’ allocations so that the whole $50 billion general distribution is allocated proportional to providers’ share of 2018 net patient revenue. Learn more here…
CMS News Update
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. The agency made this announcement following the successful payment of over $100 billion to healthcare providers…Read the full article here.
Trump Administration Announces New Nursing Homes COVID-19 Transparency Effort
Agencies partner with nursing homes to keep nursing home residents safe…click here to read the PDF
DSHS Announce Statewide COVID-19 Test Collection Online Map
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have launched an online COVID-19 test collection map to help Texans locate test collection sites within their community. Click here…
Applicability of diagnoses from telehealth services for risk adjustment. Read the PDF here…
CMS Approves Approximately $34 Billion for Providers with the Accelerated/Advance Payment Program for Medicare Providers in One Week. Read the full article here…
Helpful Hints for Patient Outreach
Direct patient outreach can both increase your patient visits and protect your patients’ health outcomes. These are the compliant and meaningful contact options for PCPs. Click here…
COVID-19 Best Practices for Clinics & Re-opening
Limit how germs can enter the facility. Limit walk-in appointments. If a patient needs a same-day appointment, post a sign on the door with your practice office phone number and have them call and wait in the car and ask symptoms before they enter the clinic. Learn more here…
Learn more about COVID-19 Virtual Visits & Telemedicine…Click Here
Documentation requirements for a
telehealth service are the same as for a
face-to-face encounter. The information
of the visit, the history, review of
systems, consultative notes, and any
information used to make a medical
decision about the patient should be
documented. Learn more – Click Here…
Telehealth for Risk Adjustment
CMS has issued new guidance to clarify which telehealth services are valid for HHS-operated risk adjustment data submission in response to COVID-19. Among the changes: HHS will designate six e-visit codes as valid for the 2020 benefit year. These CPT codes (99421-99423) and HCPCS codes (G2061-G2063), which were effective January 1, 2020, are generally for short online assessments where qualified healthcare professionals review patient input and determine whether an office visit is warranted. These e-visit codes allow for online evaluation and management (E&M) or professional assessment conducted via a patient portal. The CPT set is for use by physicians and other qualified health professionals who may independently bill for E&M visits.
Premier - Advancing Payments to Providers
Premier Management Company’s one and only goal is to keep our PCPs in business and seeing patients. We will be advancing engagement and other payments to providers this month. We are working hard and quickly to determine the payment structure and amounts, and the checks should be coming this month (April). Keep an eye out for CEO emails, PBE communication, and webinars for updates on this initiative.
Small Business Administration Loans
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed on March 27, 2020, and it comes with funding for new Small Business Administration Loans. There are two loans for which providers can apply: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and a grant program under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Please click here for an overview of the PPP loan, and contact your PBE for additional documents. Click here…To learn more about SBA Loans check out the presentation from our latest webinar by clicking here…
Best Practices for Clinics
Limit how germs can enter the facility. Limit walk in appointments. If a patient needs a same day appointment, post a sign on the door with your practice office phone number and have them call and wait in the car and ask symptoms before they enter the clinic.
Some other suggestions include:
• Cancel elective procedures
• Use telemedicine when possible
• Limit points of entry and manage visitors
• Screen patients for respiratory symptoms
• Encourage patient respiratory hygiene using alternatives to facemasks
For sick patients, have patient enter through one door and immediately go into exam room. For routine patients, encourage patient to do telemedicine visits to lessen exposure.
• Try to limit patient time in wait area to less than 5 minutes before he/she goes into exam room
• Have 2 different waiting areas “sick” and “well” • Separate patients with respiratory symptoms so that they are not waiting among other patients seeking care. Identify a separate, well-ventilated space that allows waiting patients and visitors to be separated.
• Upon entering into the practice, ask the patient the following question (if yes to at least 3, send to testing): Do you have a fever? Shortness of breath? Cough? Have you been around anyone who is sick? Traveled outside your normal area?
Encourage patients to have pharmacy delivery.
Premier has a partnership with NavCare, a telehealth vendor that practices can use to engage patients in remote patient monitoring and comprehensive care management. To adapt to the COVID-19 emergency, this vendor also offers an optional telemedicine platform for providers to integrate during this time. Click on this link to learn more about RPM and the benefits. Please contact your PBE for more information.
Important Updates for our Provider Community
At Premier we see healthcare evolving: more virtual, less commercial, and more value based. We want to work with providers and get their tele-health streamlined.
Premier is coordinating with the federal government to tap into incentives as a group. We are working with payors to drive dollars to you for quality payments in advance.
We have energized our ancillary programs that pay more than before such as CPL, RPM and Premier Rx. Furthermore, we are in discussions with a major payor to give fixed dollars per patient per month to our providers.
Learn more about Premier’s Telemedicine platform backed by a CBO can maximize your practices’ virtual operations.We are approaching Telemedicine not only as a technology platform but will also include a Central Business Office (CBO) which calls patients to schedule appointments and maintain a healthy calendar for the practices.
Providers can learn more from our Thursday webinars, weekly emails and website updates. We’ve customized our communications to understand your unique needs.
Resources for Healthcare Professionals
Get the latest updates on COVID-19 webinars, guidelines, protocols and policies.