In March 2020, CMS released information regarding waivers of the inpatient qualifying stay requirements for residents who plan on admitting into a SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) for aftercare following a hospital visit. In the MLN SE20011 (revised) publication, CMS stated that Medicare recipients who did not meet the traditional three midnight qualifying stay for skilled nursing (part A), would be allowed a waiver due to the Covid19 pandemic and overcrowding of hospitals. The publication also states that Medicare part B services would also be allowed a waiver for the 1500 form. This publication instructs each provider type on how to use the CMS condition codes DR or CR appropriately.
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