CMS Provides Flexibilities in Response to Cyber Attack

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced increased flexibilities for processing claims as well as guidance to help providers serve patients. Hospitals affected by the cyber attack reported difficulties providing patient care, filling prescriptions, submitting insurance claims, and receiving payment for the essential health care services they provided in the weeks since the attack. The CMS guidance is intended to remove or relax prior authorization and other filing requirements for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs, as well as offer waivers or extensions to Medicare providers. Providers should contact their Medicare Administrative Contractors for details.

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