This page contains resources you need to stay updated on the coronavirus. This is a resource page for VGM & Associates and all communities, including complex rehab (U.S. Rehab), Women's Health (Essentially Women), Orthotics & Prosthetics (OPGA), and Home Modifications (Live at Home).
Please click an icon below for specific COVID-19 resources, or scroll down for the most recent updates.
Update on Phase 3 of the HHS Provider Relief Fund
October 8, 2020
As we announced last week, HHS has opened up the portal for providers to apply for Phase 3 of the HHS Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Since that initial announcement, HHS has released a few additional details, but there are still some questions that remain unanswered. HHS is hosting a webinar on October 15th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. If you register for the webinar, there is a place where you can enter any question(s) that you would like to have answered during the webinar. We encourage you to participate in this webinar, as it may help you make a decision as to whether applying for Phase 3 funding is right for your company. The link to sign up for the webinar can be found here. Read more.
The Public Health Emergency is Extended: What this Means for You!
October 5, 2020
On Friday, October 2, 2020, Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that went into effect on January 27, 2020 nationwide. This extension will be effective October 23, 2020. Click here to see the official renewal.
What does this mean for you? Read more.
Additional Provider Relief Fund Payments Now Available
October 2, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced an additional $20 billion in funding that is being made available to providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. This 3rd Phase of the General Distribution is available to healthcare providers, even if they have already received Provider Relief Fund payments through Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the HHS Provider Relief Fund’s General Distribution. Providers can begin applying for funds on October 5, and will have until November 6, 2020 to submit their application for additional funding. This round of funding takes into consideration both financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by COVID-19. Providers who have not been eligible for the previous rounds of the General Distribution, such as those who began practicing in 2020, will also be invited to apply. Read more.
Industry Matters Podcast: Operations Leadership During a Pandemic, a Chat with HOMELINK Vice Presidents of Operations
September 23, 2020
Shannon Eckhardt, Ryan Longhorn, and Monica Rogan, are all VPs of Operations at HOMELINK, a subsidiary of VGM Group. In this episode, they join us for a conversation about operations the size of HOMELINK and how this group has adapted this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen here!
HHS Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements Released
September 22, 2020
HHS has released additional details regarding the post-payment reporting requirements for the HHS Provider Relief Fund. Click here for more details.
Health Plan Policy Changes Update 8.27.20
August 27, 2020
Click here for the latest policy changes to private payers (Health plans) due to COVID-19.
Reporting Requirements For Provider Relief Fund Recipients
August 5, 2020
HHS has released additional details regarding the reporting requirements that recipients of the Provider Relief Fund will be expected to adhere to in order to comply with the Terms and Conditions of receiving the funds. Additional reporting details will be coming by August 17th, which should include a reporting template that providers can use, but here is what we know right now. Read more.
HIDA Daily Clips
August 3, 2020
A recent update from Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) included updates on the public health emergency (PHE) and where the healthcare industry stands. Some articles to note include:
Read the full message from HIDA.
More Details on Medicare Audits Beginning August 3
July 21, 2020
In recent meetings with CMS, The van Halem Group has learned that while the date to begin medical review functions is August 3rd, there will likely be a delayed time frame before audit requests officially go out. CMS is currently working to develop instructions for contractors and intends to take a "toe in the water” approach, as opposed to opening up a flood gate of audits. Click here to read more.
Updated Economic Stimulus Programs Tool
July 13, 2020
We have updated our summary level descriptions of six main economic programs with supplemental information provided in case you want to dive deeper into any of them. Click here for details.
On March 30, CMS announces new waivers and rules to help healthcare providers. See information below:
HME Guide to Continued Patient Care
April 7, 2020
The novel coronavirus pandemic has turned our country’s healthcare delivery system upside down. Remote diagnostics, telehealth, remote patient setup, training and compliance/management programs will all play an essential role. In this guide you will find a list of preferred VGM partners along with a summary of the resources and services offered by each of them.
Key Health Organizations Recommend:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Practice social distancing