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Resources by Topic: Service delivery models

MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Home Health Prospective Payment System for CY 2021
Comments on a June 30, 2020, Federal Register proposed rule related to Medicare payment policies for home health agencies. Includes comments addressing the use of technology under the Medicare home health benefit and changes to geographic area delineations.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Overview Webinar
Recording of an August 18, 2020, webinar that provides an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model and its two tracks. Includes information on objectives, eligible participants and their roles, payment options, and timeline for each track.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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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: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telemedicine: What Should the Post-Pandemic Regulatory and Payment Landscape Look Like?
Discusses changes to telemedicine regulation and payment policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, examining the effects of these temporary changes in relation to the broader issues that telemedicine policy addresses. Explores possible long-term options for insurers and regulators and offers policy recommendations.
Author(s): Ateev Mehrotra, Bill Wang, Gregory Snyder
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Fact Sheet
Provides an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model, which aims to increase financial stability for rural providers, provide operational and regulatory flexibility for rural providers, and enhance Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries' access to health care services. Describes the two tracks available in the model, and outlines the model implementation time.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Roundtable Discussion: Examining the Role of Telehealth during COVID-19 and Beyond
Video recording of an August 6, 2020, discussion on telehealth policies and impacts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and key considerations for the future of telehealth policy. Examines rural topics throughout, including access to broadband and using RHCs and FQHCs as originating site providers for telehealth services. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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COVID-19 Guidance for Community Providers
Highlights guidance and support for community providers caring for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses care specifically for COVID-19 and general care during the pandemic. Includes training and best practices for clinicians.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Rural-Urban Mental Health Disparities in the United States During COVID-19
Explores rural and urban mental health access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the expanded use of telehealth, the lack of broadband access, and mental health provider shortages in rural areas.
Author(s): Nicole M. Summers-Gabr
Citation: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S222-S224
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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US Public Health Response to COVID-19 and Chronic Disease: Continuing the Commitment to Improve Population Health
Special supplement comprising peer reviewed articles related to different communities' responses to COVID-19 and other pandemics. Includes commentaries on cultural matters, use of telehealth and other types of technology, and methods of serving specific populations.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
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Rural Health and COVID-19
Information to help hospital and health system emergency planners and state and local public health emergency planners understand the challenges rural communities face related to COVID-19. Addresses issues facing healthcare facilities and those related to at-risk residents. Includes proposed solutions and mitigation steps.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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