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  • Friday, January 15, 2021 10:59 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Below are two new clinic options for populations eligible for vaccine. Reminder that appointments are needed. Please remind your staff and any individuals they work with that currently no one may walk in.

    1. A state-run vaccine clinic at the Dome Arena will open on Wednesday January 20th.

    Appointments are available starting at 8am today (1/15) online through the Am I Eligible? website or at the NYS hotline: 1-833-697-4829

    1. Twelve Rite-Aid stores in the Finger Lakes region are receiving vaccine doses this week.

    Store locations are in Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Yates and Ontario Counties. The specific locations are available on the sign up link.

    Each store is receiving 100-200 doses. Rite-Aid has built a custom scheduling tool for its New York State stores. Appointments are for 65+ only, and should be made using this link only:

    https://sr.reportsonline.com/sr/riteaid/NYS2021


  • Thursday, January 07, 2021 4:13 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Effective this afternoon, the Monroe County Health Department (MCDOH) has opened up 5,000 additional appointment slots to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Details are as follows:

    Who:  Unaffiliated Healthcare Workers* = healthcare workers who are not affiliated (i.e., credentialed, on the Medical & Dental staff, employed) by either RRH or URMC)

    Day/Dates:        1/7/2021 – 1/23/2021

    Time:                   To register for an appointment: click on this link -  https://www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/vac/index/hcw

    Location:            Monroe County Fleet Center, Bldg. 10, 145 Paul Road, Rochester, NY 14624

    Bring:                  1) Driver’s License/Photo ID; 2) Note/letter from employer attesting to their employment; 3) Attached, completed Consent Form; 4) Health Insurance Card

    *= you must meet the following criteria to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the MCDOH

    1. System Affiliation: this is for health care providers not affiliated with any hospital system or IPA
    2. Patient-facing Responsibilities: clinical and non-clinical staff must have patient-facing responsibilities (this is key!). If possible, show proof that you actively see patients (i.e., letter from your office manager, physician).  This is a mandate from Governor Cuomo.

    If you  meet Criteria #1 & 2 above, you will be able to receive the vaccine.  If not, you may not be able to get the vaccine at this location.”

    Consent for COVID 19 vaccine from NYSDOH 12-20-2020 (002).pdf


  • Tuesday, January 05, 2021 2:26 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    MCMS has just been notified by the Monroe County Department of Health of available vaccine clinics for ALL medical practice staff not working at an affiliated hospital - this included physicians, mid-levels, clinical and clerical staff.   Each staff person will need to complete this link for one of the available time slots.   

    Registration Form: 

    https://www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/vac/index/hcw

    They will need to bring photo ID and a work ID (if there is no work ID, then a letter on practice letterhead signed by the Practice Administrator or Manager stating that the staff person works at that practice).   They will also need to bring the complete consent form below.  

    Consent for COVID 19 vaccine from NYSDOH 12-20-2020 (002).pdf


  • Wednesday, April 01, 2020 1:17 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Program Description:

    Appropriate Use Criteria

    • Ordering providers role in Appropriate Use Criteria mandatory 1/1/2021
    • Review Clinical Decision Support Mechanism tools available to incorporate in practices work flow to ensure additional clinical data can be efficiently gathered
    • Requirements, exemptions, and ensuring medical necessity
    • Understanding CPT and modifier updates to prevent denials

    Link to the Care Select Demo https://qcdsm.nationaldecisionsupport.com/


  • Monday, March 23, 2020 9:38 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

     

    Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

     

    CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs. The action comes as part of the Trump Administration’s response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    CMS is implementing additional extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming measure reporting and data submission deadlines for several CMS programs.  For those programs with data submission deadlines in April and May 2020, submission of those data will be optional, based on the facility’s choice to report.

    CMS recognizes that quality measure data collection and reporting for services furnished during this time period may not be reflective of their true level of performance on measures such as cost, readmissions and patient experience during this time of emergency and seeks to hold organizations harmless for not submitting data during this period.

    You can find a copy of the press release here:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting

    CMS will continue monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation and assess options to additional relief to clinicians, facilities, and their staff so they can focus on caring for patients.

    This action, and earlier CMS actions in response to COVID-19, are part of the ongoing House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit www.coronavirus.gov. For a complete and updated list of CMS actions, and other information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Webpage on CMS.Gov.

     

     

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent this Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Update. To contact Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go to our contact us page.


  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:19 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Medicaid Update Special Edition, issued by the New York State Department of Health, featuring Guidance for Telephonic Communication Services During a State of Emergency Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19).

     COVID-19_Telephonic_Services_SpecialEdition_MedicaidUpdate_03-2020.pdf

    This Medicaid Update Special Edition is also available on the Medicaid Update webpage: https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/2020/index.htm


  • Friday, March 13, 2020 11:18 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

     

    COVID-19 MAC Test Pricing

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting a fact sheet to the CMS.gov website to aid Medicare providers with information relating to the pricing of both the CDC and non CDC tests.  You can find the fact sheet here:  https://www.cms.gov/files/document/mac-covid-19-test-pricing.pdf

    Additionally, CMS will be tweeting about this new information.  Tweets can be found below. We encourage relevant stakeholders to retweet.

    • Medicare will be covering  #COVID19 tests, and there is generally no copay for original #Medicare - deductible applies. @CMSGov is also permitting #MedicareAdvantage plans to waive cost sharing for these tests.

     

     

    Earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

     

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent this Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Update. To contact Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go to our contact us page.


  • Friday, March 13, 2020 10:15 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    On March 12, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  CMS is taking this action in its continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of providers and patients, including those who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP.

    A press release with further information can be found here:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-publishes-first-set-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-state-medicaid-and-childrens-health

    The COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies can be found here:  https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/covid19/index.html

    These FAQs, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.  


  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:54 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    The following guidance would only be effective until the official Declared Disaster Emergency in the State of New York over COVID-19 has ended.

    Medicaid Pharmacy Guidance Disaster Emergency in the State of New York.pdf

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:46 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

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