CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/18/20

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

Call details are below. Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are not intended for the press.

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at:

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern)

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

  • Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls;
  • Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce;
  • Put Patients Over Paperwork; and
  • Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare

This week’s Office Hours:

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

This week’s Lessons from the Front Lines will highlight a discussion on COVID-19 therapeutics with FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD and providers in the field, including:

  • Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH, Chief of Infectious Disease, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University
  • J. Njeri Wainaina, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin

We will also have a robust discussion on emerging best practices in communicating and caring for patients with serious illness in the face of COVID-19 and beyond, featuring:

  • Shoshana Ungerleider, MD, Founder End Well Foundation; How COVID-19 presents new avenues for care
  • Michael Fratkin, MD, CEO ResolutionCare Network; Telemedicine in Palliative Care
  • Adam Hayden, Patient Advocate; Living with life-threatening/limiting illness in the face of COVID-19
  • Sonali Wilborn, MD; CMO Heart of Hospice; Creating a space for hospice within acute care settings
  • Sunita Puri, MD; Addressing physician grief in the COVID-19 era
  • And Others

Friday, May 22nd at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations 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.

Home Health and Hospice (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Nursing Homes (Wednesdays at 4:30 PM Eastern)

Dialysis Organizations (Wednesdays at 5:30 PM Eastern)

  • Wednesday, May 20th at 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern
  • Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820;
  • Access Passcode: 3287645

Nurses (Thursdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)

To keep up with the important work the White House Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here: For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.