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Resources by Topic: Service delivery models

Expanding the Capacity of Rural Cancer Care With Teleoncology
Discusses the geographic barriers rural patients may face when seeking cancer treatment. Provides an overview of policy solutions to date. Identifies federal and state policy options that could extend cancer care to rural areas through telehealth services.
Author(s): Jason Semprini
Citation: Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, 15(2)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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The Health Center Program and Increasing Access to Comprehensive Care Through the Use of Telehealth: An Update During COVID-19
Describes the increased use of telehealth services by health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how health centers' use of telehealth services have changed since 2016. Compares how rural and urban health centers use telehealth services and technologies.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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CMS Innovation Center COVID-19 Flexibilities
Shares flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) models in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Addresses changes related to financial methodologies, quality reporting, and model timelines.
Additional links: CMS Model Flexibilities Table
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Universal Service Fund and COVID-19: The FCC and Industry Response
Provides an overview of three Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Universal Service Fund programs and actions taken through these programs in response to COVID-19. Describes actions taken through the Rural Health Care Program to promote access to telehealth services during the public health emergency.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Practice Management Considerations for COVID-19
May 13, 2020 webinar describing how one independent rural physician is navigating COVID-19 related challenges including financials, practice workflow, and reopening concerns. Includes information about payment policies for telehealth and recommendations for training staff members in telehealth procedures.
Additional links: Related Q&A
Author(s): Beverly Jordan
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
Provides a compilation of resources and strategies for quality improvement, management, and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes. Includes information on testing, workforce and staffing, infection control, personal protective equipment, patient transfers, telehealth services, and more. Includes recommendations and examples from rural areas throughout.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
Provides an overview of waived Medicare regulations in response to COVID-19. Lists waivers that impact all types of providers, including Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, and others. Includes information on changes to telemedicine and quality improvement programs.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Best Practices in Adoption of Telehealth: COVID 19 and Beyond Mini-Series
A series of Project ECHO sessions to teach healthcare providers the best methods of providing care to patients through telemedicine consultations and thereby limiting exposure to COVID-19.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: ECHO Institute, University of New Mexico's Health Science Center
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National Findings on Health Centers' Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview of a weekly Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) survey of health centers' response to COVID-19. Includes information about COVID-19 testing, virtual visits, and access to personal protective equipment. Illustrates COVID-19 impact on health center operations, staffing, and budgets. Updated weekly.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Oregon COVID-19 Response ECHO for Oregon Clinicians, Part 2
Presents current information on COVID-19 clinical management, testing, best practices, and community medical response. Live sessions are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and continuing medical education (CME) credits are available for Oregon physicians.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Oregon ECHO Network, Oregon Health Authority
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