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Resources by Topic: Medicaid

Medicaid Telehealth Policies in Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview Medicaid telehealth policies before and in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Discusses how states have utilized existing flexibilities and PHE-specific federal authorities to increase the number of services, provider types, and other telehealth coverage options under Medicaid.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth, COVID-19 Version
Identifies policy areas that states should address in order to facilitate the expansion of telehealth services within the Medicaid and CHIP programs. Includes a customizable checklist and worksheet for next steps for each policy area. Provides resources on federal telehealth policies and updates as a result of COVID-19.
Additional links: Supplement #1
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Maine Hospital 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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A Toolkit for Building and Growing a Sustainable Telehealth Program in Your Practice
Offers information for family practices to develop and implement telehealth strategies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic's impacts on regulatory and reimbursement policies. Topics include telehealth services, payment considerations, program sustainability, licensing and technology requirements, and workflow. Includes 10 telehealth scenarios with breakdowns of payer, technology, staff, coding, and other special considerations.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Academy of Family Physicians, Manatt Health
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A Comparison of Rural and Urban Specialty Hospitals
Results of a study examining differences in long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities in urban and rural areas. Features statistics on ownership type, location, number of beds, percent of inpatient days for rural residents, percent of inpatient days for Medicare beneficiaries, operating expenses, percent of Medicaid days, and profitability.
Author(s): George H. Pink, Andrew Osgood, Pranathi Sana
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Rural Variation of Medicaid Expansion on Access to Naloxone
Poster examining the rate of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by retail pharmacies between 2011 and 2017. Compares the rate of naloxone prescriptions before and after Medicaid expansion and as the rural population increased.
Author(s): Yue Cheng, Minji Sohn, Patricia R. Freeman,Eugene Shin, Chris Delcher
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2019
Provides an overview of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration. Describes participating states' CCBHC activities including improved access to treatment and recovery support services, the range of services provided during the first year of the demonstration, how states have been reporting and utilizing required quality measures, and assess the costs to CCBHCs. This is the third of five annual reports to Congress on the CCBHC demonstration.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica Policy Research, RAND Corporation
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Preliminary Cost and Quality Findings from the National Evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration
Provides an overview of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration through April 2019. Describes the CCBHC payment rates and costs of care through the first demonstration year as well as the experiences of states and CCBHCs reporting the required quality measures. Includes a comparison of payment rates by urban and rural clinic location.
Author(s): Joshua Breslau, Brian Briscombe, Michael Dunbar, et al.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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Uninsured Rates Across Kansas Counties, September 2020
Provides data and statistics on uninsured rates in Kansas. Fact sheets feature state maps with county-level information on child and adult uninsured rates and numbers, as well as potential eligibility for Medicaid and KanCare. Includes rural and urban comparisons.
Author(s): Phillip Steiner, Wen-Chieh Lin
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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