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Resources by Topic: Medicaid

States Use Appendix K Waivers to Support Home- and Community-Based Services in Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview of how states are utilizing Appendix K waivers to promote flexibility and modify their home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an interactive map and chart outlining each state's modifications.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies
Summary of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Focuses on Medicaid fee-for-service policies and includes the most recent policy language in each state as of February 2020.
Additional links: Infographic, Interactive Map - Current State Laws & Reimbursement Policies, Interactive Map - Legislation and Regulation Tracking
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
Provides an overview of a May 2020 CMS interim final rule outlining COVID-19 infection control, surveillance, and reporting requirements for nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Discusses updates to the "COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes." Includes responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding long-term care facility requirements for reporting confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Removing Regulatory Barriers to Telehealth Before and After COVID-19
Explores historical state and federal barriers to implementing telehealth services to their full capabilities. Examines how regulatory flexibilities provided for telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic may impact the use of telehealth service delivery in the future. Discusses rural access to broadband internet and includes other rural references throughout. Offers policy recommendations and lessons learned during the pandemic response.
Author(s): Nicol Turner Lee, Jack Karsten, Jordan Roberts
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Brookings Institution, John Locke Foundation
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CMS Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities
Lists Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waivers and flexibilities available to healthcare providers to ensure healthcare access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes blanket waivers and fact sheets for specific types of providers, as well as approved states' other coronavirus 1135 waivers.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
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 on infection control and prevention for specific types of facilities, information on billing and coding, coverage for services related to COVID-19, and other topics.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Maine Hospital Association - COVID-19
Highlights resources and information pertaining to COVID-19 for hospitals in Maine. Features information for hospitals regarding personal protective equipment, ventilators, and telehealth among other resources.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Maine Hospital Association
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
Provides resources from federal government agencies regarding COVID-19. Includes infographics, regulatory guidance, podcast and webinar recordings, and other sources of information for the general public, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and providers.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies
Highlights recommendations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for state Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information regarding the use of telehealth by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19
Summary of telehealth services that are covered by various public and private payers related to COVID-19. Includes information on state and federal actions. Updated with new information and new policies as the situation develops.
Additional links: COVID-19 Related State Actions
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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