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COVID-19: Latest Information

COVID-19: Latest Information

IMPORTANT UPDATES

OFFICIAL STATEMENT (3/20/2020): Nebraska Medical Association is calling upon all healthcare facilities in Nebraska to follow recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance on delaying elective non-essential medical procedures, surgeries, and tests until the COVID-19 public health emergency has been lifted by Governor Ricketts.  

CMS Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations: Limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures, including dental, until further notice.

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. 

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Quick Guides and Toolkits

Quick Guides and Toolkits
Quick Guides and Toolkits

 American Medical Association (AMA) has designed a quick guide to support physicians and practices in expediting the implementation of telemedicine, so care can continue to be provided to those who need it most.

Access AMA Quick Guide     

Also, the CMS General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Toolkit:  

 CMS Telehealth Toolkit    

CPT Reporting for COVID-19

CPT Reporting for COVID-19
CPT Reporting for COVID-19

CPT reporting for COVID-19 testing: a quick-reference flowchart.

CMS Payment Policies

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)

United Healthcare

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.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Federal COVID-19 Financial Assistance – The NMA has compiled information specific to the COVID-19 financial assistance that is currently available including the eligibility, loan details, and direct links to apply. 

STATE AND NATIONAL RESOURCES

Click below for information on state and national resources. 

DHHS

DHHS
DHHS

DHHS COVID-19 site
DHHS COVID 19 Updated Recommendations (3-19-2020)  Included:

Who should have a COVID-19 lab test—testing capacity is still limited
Use of clinical diagnosis instead of laboratory confirmation
STRICT self-isolation for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 infection (broader case definition)
Send COVID tests to commercial labs; for high-priority cases, use NE Public Health Lab
Advice for travelers: need to self-isolate and practice social distancing
How long to stay in self-isolation

Health Care Providers, Clinics, and Facilities Testing InformatioN from DHHS (updated 3/16/2020)

Nebraska Rheumatology Society-Letter to Governor Ricketts re:Hydroxychloroquine

American Medical Association

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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

CDC Offical 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
Steps Facilities can Take to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019
Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators

World Health Organization (WHO)

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