Emergency and Disaster Instructions

Published 09/02/2022

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 Connects — 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: Join Upcoming COVID-19 Calls
  • 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