To: Mass Senior Care Members
From: Tara M. Gregorio, President
Re: COVID-19 Updates: MassHealth Issues Updated Eligibility Operations Memo on Hospital Presumptive Eligibility; DPH Weekly Call Reminder; CMS COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls – Nursing Homes
Date: November 17, 2020
MassHealth today issued an updated Eligibility Operations Memo on Hospital Presumptive Eligibility. This memo largely restates the requirements described in Eligibility Operations Memo 20-13, except it clarifies that all seniors, including seniors seeking institutionalized care, may apply for Hospital Presumptive Eligibility if they meet the financial eligibility outlined in 130 CMR 519.005(A) during the COVID-19 national emergency period.
DPH Weekly Call Reminder
The next weekly call with providers is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. These calls will include members of DPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, and Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. This call is intended for long-term care facilities caring for residents with COVID-19.
Phone Number: 888-390-5007
Participant Code: 6826729
CMS hosts calls for certain types of organizations on an intermittent basis to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows. The next nursing home specific call is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern. Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 1335116 Audio Webcast Link: https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2721