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July 15, 2020
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The Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) at the University of Missouri and Heartland Telehealth Resource Center are offering a Telemedicine ECHO for providers in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. The ECHO offers interactive online learning sessions every Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. The sessions address recent changes in such areas as reimbursement, operations, regulations, best practices, telebehavioral health and more.
Providers with rural health centers, federally qualified health centers and critical access hospitals are especially encouraged to participate. The Telemedicine ECHO is part of MTN’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a COVID-19 ECHO, telehealth guides and a variety of additional COVID-19 resources. Register for these services and learn more at https://showmeecho.org/.
Date: June 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM Central
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|Preceptors in rural practice sometimes find it difficult to precept even one learner. Precepting more than one might seem impossible. But, in fact, some preceptors have found joy in just that! In this professional development webinar Dr. Schmidt will share her experience and lessons learned from precepting 3-6 learners in a teaching half-day in the office.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
Date: June 23, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Central
This webinar will highlight communication, marketing, and engagement tools for coaches in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Change Program. CDC experts will demonstrate marketing resources that are tailored to specific audiences, including working adults and older adults who are eligible for the Medicare DPP. The presenters will also share tools (i.e. Personal Success Tool, Champion Toolkit) to help support efforts to recruit and retain participants. (Innovations in Diabetes Behavior Change Webinar Series – #SCWCWD4371).
H.R. 6792 Allows RHCs to be Paid AIR for Telehealth Visits
On May 8th, Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) introduced the Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act.
The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) strongly endorses this legislation and we sincerely thank Rep. Smith and Rep. O’Halleran for their leadership on this issue. Both members were instrumental in getting the law changed to allow rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to bill as distant site providers, and now they are leading the way on improving our deeply problematic telehealth billing methodology. Read More
Thankfully, due to the efforts of the RHC community and NARHC, RHCs have been largely included in these various programs. Read More
Registration Opens August 1st, 2020
This extensive ONLINE TRAINING will prepare the learner to successfully run a Rural Health Clinic. The learner will gain full spectrum, in-depth knowledge of basic rules, regulations, and laws regarding RHCs from this course. The roughly 10-15 study hours may be done nights, weekends, or whenever as long as it’s completed before Oct. 26, 2020. Those who complete the coursework & pass the final exam will be awarded the prestigious CRHCP credential.
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Introduction to RHCs Course
Registration Always Open!
This brief course is an orientation tool to learn about RHC basics. It’s a high-level overview of managing RHC vs Non-RHC, best practices for RHC managers, understanding the value of being a RHC, the history of the RHC program, and how the NARHC came to be.
COST: NARHC Member FREE! Non-Member $50 Read More
Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 – Webinar, Friday, May 15, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM Eastern Read More
These are certainly extraordinary times. Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic these past few months has been and continues to be very challenging for everyone, especially those of us in RHCs. Keeping abreast of ever-changing legislation and guidance is more imperative now than ever! Just know that NARHC is here for you, we’ve got your back, and continue to advocate on behalf of all RHCs.
Check the “News” tab on the narhc.org website frequently for the latest RHC news and like our FB page. Pay attention to dates on the news tab articles–guidance changes frequently. Here are a few from the last month. Read More\
NARHC’s Annual Award recognizes and honors an outstanding leader and promoter of RHCs in the spirit of Ron Nelson. Nominate individuals who have dedicated their time and talent as he did to advancing the health and well-being of others through the RHC program.
Nominations will be accepted from NARHC members through June 30th. Recipients though do not have to be NARHC members. This sign of our deep appreciation and national distinction will be awarded at the NARHC Annual Meeting in October. Learn more about this outstanding man, his accomplishments & the award, Read More
October 26-28, 2020 (M-W noon)
The conference “for & about” RHCs
NARHC is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus and we are hopeful that we will be able to hold the live conference in October. Watch for more details to be posted at a later date. Read More
If you would be interested in running for the 2021 NARHC Board of Directors, we’re looking for a few dynamic leaders!
There will be 3 openings for the 3-year term that starts Jan. 1, 2021. These positions are voted upon by the NARHC membership at the Annual Meeting held in Phoenix in Oct. & via absentee ballot beforehand.
You must be affiliated with a current NARHC member RHC or organization in order to run and serve. Application deadline is June 30. Read More
This article informs you about the addition of the QW modifier to HCPCS code U0002 (2019-
nCoV Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID-19), any technique, multiple types or
subtypes (includes all targets), non-CDC) and 87635 [Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid
(DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus
disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique]. Read More
Date: May 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central
|While opioids continue to dominate headlines about drug overdose deaths in the US, fatal overdoses from cocaine and methamphetamines are also on the rise. People with substance use disorder (SUD) are at particular risk during COVID-19 due to the effects of opioids and stimulants on respiratory health, and social distancing measures have created barriers to treatment. The agitated behavior of people using stimulants also places added burden on first responders already overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis.
This webinar will highlight efforts to address the growing rate of substance use in this country and outline strategies to mitigate the increased burden on individuals, society and the health care system in the time of COVID-19. Speakers will discuss:
A draft agenda is available on our website.
May 1, 2020
Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), as part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the CMS News Room and Current Emergencies Website. CMS updates these resources on an ongoing basis throughout the day; the information below is current as of May 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
Building on its recent historic efforts to help the U.S. healthcare system manage the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS issued another round of sweeping regulatory waivers and rule changes to deliver expanded care to the nation’s seniors and provide flexibility to the healthcare system as America reopens. These changes include making it easier for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to get tested for COVID-19 and continuing CMS’s efforts to further expand beneficiaries’ access to telehealth services. The temporary changes will apply immediately for the duration of the Public Health Emergency declaration.
CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes
CMS announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission will help inform efforts to safeguard the health and quality of life of vulnerable Americans as CMS continues to battle COVID-19 as well as prepare for future threats to resident safety and public health. This unprecedented effort builds on the agency’s five-part plan unveiled last April to ensure safety and quality in America’s nursing homes, as well as recent CMS efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 within these facilities.
New Frequently Asked Questions on EMTALA
CMS issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying requirements and considerations for hospitals and other providers related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQs address questions around patient presentation to the emergency department, EMTALA applicability across facility types, qualified medical professionals, medical screening exams, patient transfer and stabilization, telehealth, and other topics.
Guidance Available on Telehealth and HHS-Operated Risk Adjustment for Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Health Plans
In response to the increased need for providing telehealth due to COVID-19, CMS has given additional consideration to telehealth services in HHS-operated risk adjustment for issuers in the individual and small group health insurance markets inside and outside the Marketplaces. CMS’ new guidance clarifies which telehealth services are valid for HHS-operated risk adjustment data submission in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dear Clinician: CMS Adds New COVID-19 Clinical Trials Improvement Activity to the Quality Payment Program
CMS issued a letter thanking clinicians for their ongoing efforts to treat patients and combat COVID-19 and shared additional details on the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) improvement activity. As announced earlier this month, clinicians who participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial and report their findings to a clinical data repository or registry many now earn credit in MIPS under the Improvement Activities performance category for the 2020 performance period by attesting to this new activity.
CMS Gives States Additional Flexibility to Address Coronavirus Pandemic
CMS has approved 140 requests for state relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent approvals for Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming. These approvals help to ensure that states have the tools they need to combat COVID-19 through a wide variety of waivers, amendments, and Medicaid state plan flexibilities, including for programs that care for the elderly and people with disabilities. CMS developed a toolkit to expedite the application and review of each request and has approved these requests in record time. These approved flexibilities support President Trump’s commitment to a COVID-19 response that is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.