April 13, 2020

Your Neurosurgical
COVID-19 Update

  • Federal Relief Funds Disbursed

  • New: AANS COVID-19 Webinar Series


Federal Relief Funds Being Disbursed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday began distributing $30 billion in emergency relief funds directly to help physicians negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds, which began arriving over this past weekend, are not a loan and do not have to be repaid.

These funds are separate from the Medicare advanced, accelerated payments and the Paycheck Protection Program, which are financial relief programs in the form of loans. All hospitals, medical facilities or physician offices that billed Medicare in 2019 are eligible for the funding.

How are payment distributions determined?

  • Provider payments are based on their share of total Medicare FFS reimbursements in 2019. Total FFS payments were about $484 billion in 2019.

  • A provider can estimate their approximate payment by multiplying the 2019 Medicare FFS (not including Medicare Advantage) payments they received by 6.19% ($30 billion divided by $484 billion). 

    • Providers can obtain their 2019 Medicare FFS billings from their organization's revenue practice management system.

  • Example: A practice billed Medicare FFS $1 million under a single TIN in 2019. This is how much they would receive using the equation:

    • $1,000,000 x 6.19% = $61,900


AANS to Host COVID-19 Focused Webinars

For the next four Tuesdays—beginning tomorrow, April 14—the American Association of Neurological Surgeons will host an hour-long webinar focused on a COVID-19 topic of interest to neurosurgeons. The first webinar will focus on Resident Management.

View Schedule & Register to Participate >


To share your COVID-19 experience or ask a question,
contact OHSNS Director Reginald Fields.
Also check the OHSNS website for updates.

Stay Current on the Latest:

Coronavirus.ohio.gov   OSMA.org/coronavirus