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HHS Makes Funds Available to SNFs to Care for Uninsured COVID-19 Patients

On Wednesday April 22, HHS announced on the CARES Act Provider Relief Landing page, that, in addition to the General and Targeted allocations of $20B each to be released beginning this Friday, an undisclosed amount is being made available to reimburse providers, including Skilled Nursing Facilities, for the diagnosis and treatment of uninsured COVID-19 patients treated on or after February 4, 2020. 

Notably, Medicaid beneficiaries are not considered uninsured.  Providers must certify that health care coverage eligibility was checked and the patient does not have individual, employer-sponsored, Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

Providers may begin submitting claims electronically on May 6, 2020 for COVID-19 testing and testing-related visits for uninsured patients, as well as treatment for uninsured patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. To be eligible for reimbursement, Skilled Nursing Facilities must enroll with the Health Resources & Services Administration portal.  Providers may begin registering April 27, 2020.

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About this Author

Matthew J. Murer, Polsinelli, Survey Issues Lawyer, Reimbursement Attorney
Shareholder/Practice Chair

Matthew Murer chairs the firm's national health care practice, and has worked hard to build a strong team of health care lawyers with experience that spans virtually every aspect of the health care continuum, as well as virtually every niche of practice. Matthew emphasizes a focus on collaboration and opportunity both within the group, as well as with the firm’s health care clients. Matthew firmly believes that these collaborative efforts yield more creative, powerful, practical solutions to today’s pressing legal problems. Now more than ever, health care providers need...

Charles Sheets, Polsinelli Law Firm, Healthcare Attorney

Charles Sheets is an active member of the health law community, staying up to date on all the emerging trends and changing legal landscape.

He concentrates his practice on government regulation and litigation for builders and operators of hospitals, nursing homes, surgical centers, assisted living facilities, and other health care providers. His clients also include intermediate care facilities for the developmentally and/or mentally disabled (ICFDD, ICFMR), skilled pediatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, therapy companies, health care...

Meredith A. Duncan, Polsinelli PC, Government Regulation Attorney, Medical Licensing Lawyer,

A litigator at heart, Meredith Duncan has the skills and experience to advocate for clients before government regulators, administrative law judges and courtrooms alike. She uses those skills to focus mainly on the compliance and operational issues facing health care providers, including long-term care providers, senior housing entities and hospitals. From licensing to contracts, to risk management and regulatory compliance, she responds to all issues that arise in all aspects of a health care provider’s practice. 

Jason T. Lundy, Polsinelli PC, Healthcare regulatory matters Lawyer, Provider Defense Attorney

Jason Lundy strategically guides health care providers through fast-changing and uncertain regulatory environments. When disputes arise, he aggressively defends providers in administrative and civil litigation.

Jason concentrates his practice on long-term care. He regularly represents skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, continuing care retirement communities, intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled, home health agencies, and hospice.