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Resources by Topic: Legislation and regulations

State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions
State-by-state information on COVID-19 cases, vaccinations, and state policy actions, including social distancing measures and reducing barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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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, vaccination, and other services.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Current Emergencies: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Guidance from CMS for healthcare facilities and labs related to COVID-19. Includes clinical and technical guidance for specific types of facilities, information on billing and coding, coverage for services related to COVID-19, and other topics.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Information – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy: Rural Response to COVID-19
Information and resources for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) rural health program recipients and stakeholders related to COVID-19 and its impact on rural health programs and rural communities. Addresses funding, telehealth, healthcare delivery, grant-related travel, and grants management. Includes a section with information on Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and mitigation.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
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HHS-OIG's Oversight of COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Information on the HHS response, as well as telehealth cost-sharing information and OIG monitoring of potential fraud related to COVID-19.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Provides information on vaccines, diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and treatments, including information targeted to healthcare professionals.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
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SAMHSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance and resources to help providers respond to COVID-19 while providing care and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes guidance specific to opioid treatment programs.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Health Panel Comment Letter – Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH)
Offers comments in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information on Rural Emergency Hospitals (REH). Addresses the type and scope of services REHs could offer, conditions of participation, health equity, collaboration and care coordination, quality measurement, payment, and enrollment.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Obstacles Persist for Rural Patients to Access Hospice
Discusses challenges to delivering hospice care in rural areas. Highlights changes to allow providers at Rural Health Centers and Federal Qualified Health Centers to serve as attending physicians for hospice patients. Explores the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of hospice services, including the use of telehealth services and workforce concerns.
Author(s): Jim Parker
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hospice News
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Emergency Preparedness Information Session with CMS
Recording of a September 15, 2021, webinar discussing health center emergency preparedness planning in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements. Provides an overview of recent regulatory changes and clarifications.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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