COVID-19 is impacting our community's, colleagues, staff, family and friends. COIPA is dedicated to our members by offering a central location to turn to during this crisis. We are updating the information and resources regularly.
A note from COIPA's CMO was distributed to all our members on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Communications will continue from the COIPA staff to ensure that we are offering our members the best support we can.
Below is a central location of resources to our members to stay up to date with continual and accurate information on the current state of our communities.
CMS Regulatory changes to address patient surge:
You are encouraged to click through to review all the changes in detail. But among them, here are some specific callouts:
• Allowing healthcare systems and hospitals to provide services in locations beyond their existing walls
• Allowing hospitals to provide benefits and support to their medical staffs
• Making it easier for providers to enroll in Medicare
• Temporarily eliminating paperwork requirements and allowing clinicians to spend more time with patients
• Expanding access to telehealth services for people with Medicare
• Paying for more than 80 additional services when furnished via telehealth
CMS Fact Sheet for relief for quality reporting:
CMS has announced the extension of the MIPS QPP data submission deadline. Providers will now have through April 30 to submit their QPP data. The extreme and uncontrollable circumstance exception is still available for providers who are unable to submit their data by the April deadline. Please see the related memo and fact sheet.
Who is leading the effort from the Oregon Health Authority?
Funding and Grant Options: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.
Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first serve basis. (04.15.20)
FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program (Added 5/6/2020)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated $200 million dollars to eligible providers In response to the COVID pandemic. The text below is copied directly from the FCC’s FAQ web site, and according to social media, applications and payments are being processed quickly by the FCC.
You can find more information about the program here: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program
What is the COVID-19 Telehealth Program?
“The Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) adopted the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program in a Report and Order released April 2, 2020. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program was established by the Commission in response to the public health emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this program, the Commission will distribute the $200 million Congress appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide telehealth services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Is this a grant program?
“No, the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is not a grant program. To receive disbursements, eligible health care providers that are approved for funding will be required to submit an invoicing form and supporting documentation in order to receive reimbursement for eligible expenses and services. Applicants who receive funding will be required to comply with all program rules and requirements, including applicable reporting requirements, and may be subject to compliance audits.”
Note: Caravan Health presented an informational webinar on May 5 and has offered to assist the COIPA ACO participants with reviewing and applying for the FCC telehealth funds (we will post a public recording in the next Advocate). For COIPA members who are NOT part of the ACO, please contact email@example.com for more information or assistance applying.
Employer Guidelines Addressing COVID-19:
Resources for our clinics and their staff: COVID-19 Master Talking Points(04.15.20)
Telemedicine Options For Our Members:
Federal FCC Grant for Telehealth Available to Qualifying Providers
The FCC has released a public notice providing guidance on filing an application for COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding. This program includes $200 million in funding to help ensure healthcare providers can deliver connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to COVID-19. Link to online portal to complete and submit the requests for funding.
Contract Updates For Our Members:
COVID-19 Testing Resources:
Note: Clinicians throughout the community can order COVID-19 testing at their discretion through commercial labs WITHOUT approval by public health.
Offers from Intalere (Links to more detailed information from each supplier are available under the Coronavirus Upadtes & resources section on the Operational Continuity and Emergency Management page of the Intalere Member Resources website.)