From Health Affairs Blog 10.6.20 In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted several policies to facilitate beneficiary access to care during this public health emergency. As the pandemic continues, attention is increasingly turning to extending these policies or making them permanent. Of these temporary actions, one of the most important for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been allowing states to waive various requirements for provider screenings. Federal law requires that before a provider is able to bill Medicaid, they must be screened by the state Medicaid program and subsequently enrolled in the program as a billing provider. These requirements are designed to prevent fraud, assure program integrity, and establish some of the rules of the road between providers and state programs, and the Medicare program imposes similar requirements. As a result, most p
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