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January 7, 2021

MLN Connects® for Thursday, January 7, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines: CDC Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit

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  • COVID-19 Vaccines: CDC Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit
  • MLN Web-Based Training: Complete Training & Save Certificates by January 31
  • 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application: Deadline February 1
  • Extension of Medicare IVIG Demonstration through December 31, 2023
  • Teaching Hospitals Receiving FTE Resident Caps Under Section 5506 of the Affordable Care Act
  • Cervical Health: Medicare Covers Screening Services


  • Importance of Proper Documentation: Provider Minute Video


  • CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management Call – January 7

MLN Matters® Articles

  • Addition of the QW Modifier to Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Codes 87811 and 87428
  • 2021 Annual Update to the Therapy Code List
  • Instructions to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) on COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Medicare-Dependent, Small Rural Hospitals and Sole Community Hospitals
  • Quarterly Update to Home Health (HH) Grouper
  • Quarterly Update to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Procedure-to-Procedure (PTP) Edits, Version 27.1, Effective April 1, 2021
  • Updating Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Payment Rates
  • Billing for Home Infusion Therapy Services on or After January 1, 2021 – Revised
  • Telehealth Expansion Benefit Enhancement under the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model (PARHM) – Implementation – Revised


  • Complying with Laboratory Services Documentation Requirements – Revised


  • Enroll in Medicare to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Shots: Information for Health Care Providers Video
  • Hospital Price Transparency Webcast: Audio Recording & Transcript
  • Promoting Interoperability Listening Session: Audio Recording & Transcript

Information for Medicare Patients

  • From Coverage to Care Resources Help Navigate Health Coverage
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