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IMPORTANT UPDATES

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Info This document helps clinicians distinguish between the three types of COVID-19 boosters.
Clinical Resources on COVID-19 vaccines (CDC)
COVID-19 Vaccine: How to talk to your patients (CDC)
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Health Care Professionals Need to Know (CDC)
Recommendations for Increasing Vaccine Uptake: Seven Archetypes Full Report and Quick Reference Guide (Kaiser Permanente and the California Coronavirus Testing Task Force)

PAYERS/TELEHEALTH

PAYERS/TELEHEALTH
PAYERS/TELEHEALTH

Summary: Telehealth Expansion in Response to COVID-19 from Cline Williams In an unprecedented move to respond to the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded access to Medicare telehealth services and agreed to pay for professional telehealth services in all areas of the country and settings of care.

CMS

CMS
CMS

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal

CMS issues new guidance to state and local governments, as well as nursing home, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

Medicare Advance Payments for COVID-19 Emergency - In order to help physicians and other providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program for the duration of the public health emergency. CMS is authorized to provide accelerated or advance payments during the period of the public health emergency to any Medicare physician, provider or supplier who submits a request to the appropriate Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) and meets the required qualifications. This is also included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a number of new policies to help physicians and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic:
CMS Fact Sheet: Physicians and Other Clinicians: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 
CMS Press Release 3-30-2020: Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge
CMS payment policies and regulatory flexibilities related to COVID-19. 

Medicare Telemedicine Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet
Medicaid COVID-19 Provider Bulletin
Medicaid Coverage of Testing
Medicaid & Long-Term Care Coronavirus – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (with telehealth info)

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Updates BCBS Telehealth Policy  BCBS NE has updated their telehealth policy to include new telehealth codes. We will allow synchronous and asynchronous telehealth with reimbursement for time-based codes. For the pandemic situation and until further notice BCBS will allow MD, NP and PA to provide telehealth services from the office or home to patients at home. No video component will be required during this pandemic urgency period. Please use a 95 modifier and POS 02 for all telehealth charges during this pandemic timeframe. 
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency: OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.  This notification is effective immediately.

BCBS COVID-19 Latest information (with teleheath)

MEDICA

United Healthcare

AMA Special Coding Advice: Coding Scenarios

AMA Special Coding Advice: Coding Scenarios
AMA Special Coding Advice: Coding Scenarios

Coding Scenarios: helps health care professionals apply best coding practices for telehealth services for all patients. Includes coding for when a patient: comes to the office for E/M visit and is tested for COVID-19 during the visit; receives a telehealth visit re: COVID-19 and is directed to come to physician office or physician’s group practice site for testing; receives a virtual check-in/online visit re: COVID-19 (not related to E/M visit), and is directed to come to physician office for testing.

Backline Telehealth Partnership with NMA

Backline Telehealth Partnership with NMA
Backline Telehealth Partnership with NMA

Backline Telehealth by Dr. First Offers Discounted Rates When Signing Up with NMA Promo Code



Backline makes telehealth and care collaboration easy.  A simple text from the provider using Backline goes straight to the patient’s mobile phone to initiate a secure, HIPAA-compliant virtual visit.  There’s no patient registration process or app for patients to download. There are no limits on usage or per-session fees. Plus, Backline gives you communication features you won’t find in other telemedicine offerings. Please join us in combatting the spread of the coronavirus.  Connect with patients in virtual visits and share information between your staff, family members, caretakers, and outside providers in real-time—all in a convenient, HIPAA-compliant solution.

TRANSLATED COVID-19 RESOURCES

TRANSLATED COVID-19 RESOURCES
TRANSLATED COVID-19 RESOURCES
Two videos have been translated into six different languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Karen, Somali, Nepalese and French. These cover the topics of: 10 ways to stay healthy and keep one’s family healthy during the pandemic, and Tips on what to do if you or a family member becomes ill or is exposed to the virus. The videos are available on both the YouTube channels of Nebraska Impact and Governor Ricketts: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO7HhZBL6CeI5WVcUNpyy3w/videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDw3_CGhTVcVtxoGKRkjlQ/videos

Additionally, each of the videos has accompanying flyers that can be downloaded and printed. Please consider printing the flyers and displaying in your facility. https://neimpact.org/covid-resources. Feel free to use these resources for social media and in communications with your patients and staff.

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American Medical Association

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC Official COVID-19 site
CDC Information Line 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY 888-232-6348 Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT (English and Spanish) Extended hours for coronavirus disease 2019 questions only:  Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT (English) You can also submit a question to CDC Info via email - https://wwwn.cdc.gov/dcs/ContactUs/Form

DHHS

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder.  The new guidance permits physicians and other health professionals with a waiver allowing them to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder to issue these prescriptions to new and existing patients based on an evaluation via telephone. The new policy is effective from March 31 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO)
World Health Organization (WHO)
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