AHA Urges Flexibility with Expansion of Medicare Accelerated Payment Program

In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma regarding the expansion of Medicare’s accelerated payment program and creation of an add-on payment for Medicare patients with COVID-19, the AHA urges the agency to provide as much flexibility as possible with implementation in order to maximize the program’s effectiveness in supporting providers during the crisis related to COVID-19. For example, we recommend CMS eliminate interest on monies owed until at least a 12-month period has elapsed, and to reduce the withhold for recoupment.

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