In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a number of changes that allowed Medicare beneficiaries to access a wider range of telehealth services without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Many of these changes, CMS is proposing to make permanent.
Additionally, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act appropriated $175 billion for the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) in order to support healthcare providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of which there have been many.
These represent just two of the many changes and allowances the U.S. federal government has made in light of the national public health emergency. And since (or because of) these allowances, the OIG has reported that it has already conducted–or will be conducting–audits of various types, including for:
- Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness
- Labs and Diagnostics
- Indian Health Services
Yet despite what we already know where the OIG has been focusing their recent efforts, after this year, it’s safe to say that no one knows exactly what 2021 might hold for our compliance programs. But that won’t keep us from breaking out our magic eight balls and trying to predict the future to get (and stay) ahead of the curve.
So, in an effort to help clarify what the future might hold, we’ll be hosting a new, interactive presentation where we’ll share some of our expectations for the year ahead. Then, we’ll open up the floor by polling you, the audience, to get your thoughts, expectations, and comments to understand where organizations will be focusing their time and energy in the year ahead.
On Wednesday, December 16 at 1 PM ET, Dr. CJ Wolf, will host a brand new webinar, “What’s in Store for Compliance Programs in 2021,” where we’ll start by making our own predictions, then understand what best practices you, the audience, will be utilizing, to better understand:
- What the Top Priorities Will be for Compliance Officers in 2021
- How to Best Prepare for the Uncertainties and Changes in Compliance
- Where Compliance Programs Across the Country are Struggling and Succeeding