COVID-19 Information Hub


We are following the developments of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the monitoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We will continue to collect and share information and resources on this page to support our renal healthcare professionals and facilities.  

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CDC Resources

CDC Situation Summary 
This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Updated daily.

CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals 
Includes information and guidance for persons under investigation (PUI), clinical care, infection control, protective equipment, and home care guidance. 

Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Dashboard - updated 1/20/21

    CDC Information and Resources for Hemodialysis Facilities and Patients 

    CDC Information for Healthcare Facilities 
    Resources for clinics and healthcare facilities to prepare and respond to the community spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

    Additional CDC Resource Links

    CMS Resources

    CMS Current Emergencies Website 
    Visit this page to keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

    CMS - Re-Opening Healthcare Facilities 

    CMS - Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities 

    CMS Relief for Quality Reporting Programs - CROWNWeb and QIP info included
    • Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System Updates - FAQ - 4/24/20
    • Announcement - 3/22/20
    • Provider Enrollment Relief FAQ - 3/23/20
    • The NRAA government affairs team has outlined details included in reference to CROWNWeb and QIP reporting:
      • For 2019, deadlines for October 1, 2019 -December 31, 2019 (Q4) data submissions are optional. If Q4 data is submitted, it will be used to calculate payment (where appropriate). If Q4 data is not able to be submitted, then 2019 performance will be calculated based on data from January 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (Q1 - Q3) and available data.
      • For 2020, CMS will not count data from January 1, 2020 through January 30, 2020 (Q1 - Q2) for performance or payment programs. Therefore, facilities do NOT need to submit data for this time period.

    CMS New Targeted Plan for Healthcare Facility Inspections - 3/23/20

    CMS Clinical and Technical Guidance for Health Care Facilities

    Medicare and Other Coverage Guidance

    Medicaid and Childrens' Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Resources

    CMS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
     - updated 3/19/20
    CMS has developed this toolkit to help you stay informed on CMS and HHS materials available on the COVID-19. Please share these materials, bookmark the page, and check back often for the most up-to-date information. 

    CMS Podcasts and Transcripts 
    Page to listen to the audio files and read transcripts for the COVID-19 Stakeholder calls.

    For CMS Issued Materials on Medicare Telehealth - Click Here 


    Telehealth Guidance

    As you know, telemedicine and virtual care has become a key resource in the COVID-19 strategy. CMS and private payers have taken significant steps in recent days to provide coverage, privacy and payment guidance on the use of telemedicine (including phone calls).  The NRAA team has assembled the following list of resources:

    Press Releases

    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) released an Express message that includes: 

    CMS Issued Materials on Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth:

    CMS Issued Materials on Medicare Telehealth: 

    HIPAA:  Effective immediately, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will exercise enforcement discretion and waive penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients in good faith through everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or Skype, during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. 

    Telehealth Legal Resources 

    Practice Guidelines & Additional Telehealth Resources


    Other Resources

    Agency Updates 

    CARES Act 
    Attestation Portal is Open - 4/16/20 
    • Providers who have been allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds. 
    HHS Announces Immediate Infusion of $30 Billion into Healthcare System - 4/9/20

    Other Resources

    Transportation and Cleaning 
    resources received from Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER)

    Training Materials

    National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC)
    Collaboration between Emory University, University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospital Corporation, Bellevue Hospital Center. 

    NETEC offers a variety of online training and resources including: 

    Online Training - World Health Organization (Free, must create an OpenWHO account)

    Infection Prevention 

    CDC Resources 

    Other Resources

    Mental Wellness





    The Coalition for Supportive Care for Kidney Patients has developed communication tools and resources to help clinicians respond to patients who are feeling stress, vulnerable, and scared during this pandemic.

    Additional Communication Tools for Patients and Families




    PCSS Clinical Roundtable - Taking Care of Yourself Using Mindfulness and Other Techniques = 4/23/20

    Managing Your Healthcare Providers' Mental and Physical Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 - 4/29/20
    Presented by Sepsis Alliance 

    CDC: Psychological First Aid: Addressing Mental Health Distress During Disasters - 4/22/20
    Hosted by CDC Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC)
    Presentation Slides 

    Managing Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic - 4/7/20
    Presented by Society of Critical Care Medicine
    Recording Available Here 


    Latest Discussions List

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      My claims were showing in the Medicare DDE system as a T status, which means you have to FIX the claim.  I have 7 facilities and we use WPS and Novitas Medicare.  I fixed some of the claims  using 636 as the Revenue code and adding back the AX modifier ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi Julie, How did the second submission of the AX modifier work out for you? Hope all is well, ------------------------------ [Adrian] [Amedia] [Independent Dialysis Group] [Youngstown] [OH] [330.781.6212 x109] ------------------------------ More

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      RE: 1099S

      Posted in: Voices Community

      Well, I know that 1099s are based on when the checks were issued, and not when cashed. What I am saying is I did tie all the remits--dated 2020 with all the bank electronic money that arrived the bank in 2020, and they are exact to the penny. However, ... More

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      RE: 1099S

      Posted in: Voices Community

      I'm going to speak for 1099's in general as I have never seen one from Medicare. Remember 1099's are more on the senders cash basis. Meaning if I cut you a check on 12/30/2020 just because you deposit it on 1/5/2021 it's still considered a 2020 payment ... More

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      RE: 1099S

      Posted in: Voices Community

      What is Medicare 1099? More

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      Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi Everyone: Coincidentally, I was checking Medicare 1099 for 2020, even though usually I just rely on my record, not 1099s. However, having checked it, now I am pretty sure that Medicare 1099 for 2020 shows around $3,000 more than they ever sent ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We had the same problem w/ Cinacalcet this month. What a pain! Adrian Amedia 330.781.6212 x 109 More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      This was posted:  I had already corrected our claims to add the AX because I love that Medicare puts this out like "don't worry about it, we know this is a problem and we are fixing it", but who knows how long FIXING IT will take! This was in MLN connects ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Afternoon all, I'm reaching out to all my renal community colleagues to ask if anyone has any experience training a patient with a Left ventricular assist device for home hemo dialysis? Due to insurance constraints we presently have a LVAD patient who ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Thought others may appreciate this link... YouTube Vaccine Vs. Variants: COVID Vaccine Update w/Dr. Paul Offit View this on YouTube ... More