Yesterday, April 26, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is re-evaluating payments made to Medicare Part A providers through the recently expanded Accelerated Payment Program and suspending the Advance Payment Program for Medicare Part B providers effective immediately.
The Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (AAP) is a longstanding program that authorizes Medicare contractors to make up to three months of expected Medicare payments to Part A providers (accelerated payments) and Part B providers (advance payments) during a public health emergency that results in the disruption of claim submission or claim processing. In early April, CMS announced it was expanding the AAP program to include Medicare Part A and Part B providers impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, allowing them to receive accelerated and advance payments from Medicare as a means to temporarily maintain adequate cashflow to support their businesses.
The April 26 announcement indicates that due to Medicare accelerated and advance payments of approximately $100 billion to providers through the AAP program to date, and the $175 billion of appropriated grant funds through COVID-19 related provider relief legislation, CMS is reevaluating the AAP program and is reviewing all new and pending applications for Medicare Part A accelerated payments and suspending the Medicare Part B advance program outright, no longer accepting new applications for advance payments from Part B providers.
The CMS announcement may be reviewed here. AOPA is reviewing the CMS announcement including its potential impact on AOPA members and will provide CMS with appropriate comments.