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Resources by Topic: Federally Qualified Health Centers

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
Addresses issues related to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) billing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Covers COVID-19 test specimen collection, diagnostic laboratory services, hospital services, ambulance services, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), telehealth, skilled nursing facility services, home health, and other services.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Community Health Center Telehealth Utilization in Rural and Urban States During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Analyzes community health centers' utilization of telehealth services by state for the week prior to October 16, 2020. Compares the percentage of health center visits conducted virtually to the proportion of the population of each state that lives in rural areas.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RCHN Community Health Foundation
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HRSA Programs Serve Rural Communities
Infographic provides an overview of the Health Resources and Services Administration programs serving rural areas. Covers rural health, health center, health workforce, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health programs.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Lists CMS waivers and flexibilities issued and implemented in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Describes the impact of each provision for rural providers and facilities.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Provides an overview of new rules and temporary regulations that apply to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Outlines changes related to vaccine access, Medicare telehealth services, workforce and staffing requirements, payment policies, Medicare appeals, and cost reporting.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Health Center COVID-19 Survey
Presents results from a national survey of health centers regarding COVID-19 patient testing and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on health center operations and health center staff. Examines testing rates and results by race and ethnicity. Includes survey results by state and territory.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners
Information for health centers regarding how to prepare for and respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. Includes funding, resources, and information to help health centers meet the needs of their patients, including special populations they serve.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
Updates, resources, and information to help community health centers respond to COVID-19. Lists webinars, provider resources, regulatory guidance, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Volume to Value Transition for Rural Health Systems
Policy position paper providing an overview of the transition from volume-based payment models to value-based payment models. Identifies opportunities and barriers to rural healthcare success in value-based payment models. Presents policy recommendations to promote rural healthcare facility participation in value-based payment models.
Author(s): Kim Breidenbach, Tammy Moore
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Federal and State Policy Changes Since COVID-19
Video recording of a presentation on federal and state telehealth policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) policies related to geographic and site location for the patient, provider location and type, and telehealth delivery modality. Addresses common issues related to reimbursement and payment codes, Medicare billing guidance for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, and notes post-COVID policy questions and issues. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Connected Health Policy, Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
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