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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19: Rapidly Reengineering Primary Care
Recording of an April 2, 2020 webinar discussing ways to maximize team-based primary care workflows to optimize the care delivery shift to virtual care. Offers suggestions for protecting vulnerable patients while leveraging staff in new ways to generate revenue and to decrease the amount of chronic disease.
Additional links: Presentation slides
Author(s): John Findley
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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States Waiving In-State Licensure Requirements for Telehealth in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for telehealth professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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Public Health Foundation: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Training
A list of COVID-19 training opportunities available through the TRAIN Learning Network. Includes training options for public health, healthcare, and emergency preparedness professionals addressing COVID-19, crisis and emergency risk communication, infection control, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Date: 04/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Data in the United States
Series of data files with cumulative counts of coronavirus cases by state and county, over time. Based on data from state and local governments and health departments collected by the New York Times. Publicly available for noncommercial public use, with attribution. Requires technical and data expertise.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: New York Times
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Online Course: Teledentistry in the Era of COVID-19
Online course details the use of teledentistry to provide dental check-ups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents technical information for implementing teledentistry and discusses business and marketing considerations for using a remote check-up model. Available on-demand beginning April 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Central.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for healthcare professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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AgriSafe Learning: COVID-19 Rapid Response
Online learning opportunities and resources for farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and others involved in agriculture related to COVID-19.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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COVID-19 - Telehealth Policy Updates - Federal & State
Provides an overview of recent telehealth policy changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the CARES Act, Medicare updates, and state actions. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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CARES Act: Provisions to Help Rural Hospitals
Provides an overview of aspects of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act designed to support rural hospitals. Highlights provisions related to access to capital, Medicare payments, and telehealth, among others.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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RHC Relief Options in Recently Signed CARES Legislation
Outlines the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that directly affect Rural Health Clinics. Discusses changes around telehealth visit regulations, grants to recover lost revenue, the Small Business Administration Loan program, and accelerated and advance payments through the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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HealthIT.gov: COVID-19 Response: Tools and Resources for the Health IT and Clinical Community
Health information technology (HIT) resources for reporting and tracking COVID-19, including information and guidance on data standards, coding, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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HRSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting HRSA programs. Addresses a wide range of concerns for the various programs HRSA supports, including information on policies, funding, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Health Effects of the Coronavirus on the Farmworker Community
Webinar recording from March 19, 2020 discusses the potential risks for migrant farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights the migrant-specific risks such as lack of housing, legal status, healthcare access, and access to testing. Discusses measures to mitigate these risks.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Children in the Fields Campaign, Migrant Clinicians Network
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Mobilizing Project ECHO to Build Provider Capacity in Response to COVID-19
Explores the role Project ECHO can play in connecting health care providers, public health officers, and scientific experts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies opportunities for state Medicaid agencies to request funding to use Project ECHO to support provider capacity-building efforts. Includes examples of Project ECHO being used in response to COVID-19.
Author(s): Greg Howe
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility, Enrollment, and Cost Sharing Policies as of January 2020: Findings from a 50-State Survey
Provides a detailed overview of state policies related to Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). Covers policies related to eligibility, enrollment, renewal, and cost-sharing. Examines how the programs have evolved over time related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), discusses policy changes, and identifies issues that may affect state policies moving forward. Includes information related to COVID-19, as well as tables related to state insurance policies.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists
Tools and resources to help dentists respond to COVID-19. Includes information, news, and guidance related to infection control, dental workforce safety, and practice management.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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National Rural Stakeholder COVID-19 Briefing
Webinar recording from March 26, 2020 features rural partners from various government agencies discussing efforts pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis. Includes presentations from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Communications Commission, the Small Business Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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State Telehealth and Licensure Expansion COVID-19 Dashboard
Presents state-by-state telehealth expansion and licensing waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant executive orders, regulatory guidance, statutory language, and other official communications for each state.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Connected Care
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Hospital Readiness for COVID-19: Analysis of Bed Capacity and How It Varies Across the Country
Examines the distribution of hospital beds at the county-level in order to help local officials identify areas with the greatest need for inpatient beds during the COVID-19 outbreak. Discusses the development of an interactive county-by-county map to display hospital bed capacity. Highlights differences in capacity between nonprofit versus for-profit hospitals and rural versus urban hospitals. Provides recommendations for increasing hospitals' surge capacity.
Additional links: Understanding Hospital Bed Capacities Nationwide amid COVID-19
Author(s): Fredric Blavin, Diane Amos
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Reviews issues affecting National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps participants and approved sites during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Explains how participants and sites can remain in compliance with NHSC requirements.
Additional links: NHSC Service Commitments: COVID-19, Nurse Corps Service Commitments: COVID-19 Information
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Health Service Corps
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COVID-19 Rural Health Daily Digest
List of new policies, regulations, and other information to help rural healthcare providers as they respond to COVID-19. Updated daily.
Author(s): Kevin J. Bennett, Michele Stanek, Megan Weis, Samantha Renaud
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of South Carolina Center for Rural & Primary Healthcare
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Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
Identifies the significant telehealth-related changes made by CMS in response to the COVID-19 National Health Emergency. Provides resources to help long-term care facilities develop a telemedicine program. Addresses vendor selection, initiating a telemedicine program, monitoring patients remotely, and developing documentation tools.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties
Identifies metro and nonmetro counties with one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Data will be updated frequently.
Additional links: Animated Map: Counties with COVID-19 Cases, Progression Over Time
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Provides 11 coding scenarios designed to apply best coding practices, to help ensure that payors are applying flexibility to physicians providing care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes key changes to Medicare and telehealth regulations.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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COVID-19: The Telehealth Imperative
Recording of a March 26, 2020, webinar covering policy changes regarding telehealth services in response to COVID-19 to date. Discusses practical implications for providers including types of telemedicine services, HIPAA-compliant platforms, and billing and documentation.
Author(s): Anna Loengard
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Map
Map depicts the cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, as well as the rest of the country for comparison. Highlights confirmed cases and deaths by county.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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COVID-19: Guidance for Tribal Programs
Presents guidance for tribal programs related to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Discusses how to continue program services while decreasing the likelihood of contagion.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Resource Center for Physicians
Tools and resources to help physicians respond to COVID-19, including information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and other USDA Rural Development actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information, Materials and Services for Those Who Work in the Agricultural Industry
Highlights information and resources pertaining to COVID-19 for those working in the agricultural industry. Features agriculture-specific information as well as general information guides in both English and Spanish.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
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The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers: COVID-19 Assistance
Provides an overview of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRC Consortium). Describes the services and technical assistance the TRC Consortium provides to stakeholders implementing telehealth services in response to COVID-19. Includes a table listing each regional Telehealth Resource Center and their geographic jurisdictions.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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COVID-19 and the American Workplace
Information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 related to wages and hours worked.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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Update for Rural Partners and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response
Recording of a March 23, 2020 webinar providing CDC guidance to partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities. Features Dr. Jay Butler, CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, sharing what CDC knows at this point and responding to questions.
Author(s): Jay Butler
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Health Concerns, Opportunities and Strategies for COVID19: Early Thoughts of the State Offices of Rural Health
Summarizes three listening sessions with the 50 State Offices of Rural Health held in March 2020 to identify rural health challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19. Identifies concerns SORHs are hearing from their constituents, innovative rural strategies, collaboration opportunities, needed resources, and concerns related to Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants and cooperative agreements.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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COVID-19 and Surgery
Resources for the surgical community related to the response to COVID-19. Covers clinical issues and guidance, personal protective equipment, regulatory updates, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Surgeons
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HHS OIG: COVID-19 Portal
Information on the HHS response, as well as telehealth cost-sharing information and OIG monitoring of potential fraud related to COVID-19.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Funding for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides an overview of philanthropic activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a list of funding related to COVID-19, an analysis of who is providing and receiving grants, and news regarding funding for the COVID-19 response.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Foundation Directory Online by Candid
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Philanthropy Colorado: Resources on COVID-19 Coronavirus
Lists COVID-19 response funds established in Colorado. Includes information on partner foundations' COVID-19 response and resources for nonprofits and funders, with a focus on Colorado.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Philanthropy Colorado
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FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Includes information on diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and therapeutics. Also covers FDA monitoring of products with fraudulent COVID-19 claims.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
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COVID-19 Safety Training
Health and safety resources for workers who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Training resources will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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Occupancy Rates in Rural and Urban Hospitals: Value and Limitations in Use as a Measure of Surge Capacity
Compares the acute care and intensive care unit occupancy rates between rural and urban hospitals. Presents state-by-state and national data. Explores the challenges of using this data to identify surge capacity in preparation of an increase in patient volume due to COVID-19.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program Toolkits
A list of evidence-based resources and tools created for public health and healthcare professionals to use in their planning and response efforts. Includes sections on healthcare preparedness, preparedness evaluation, models for planning and training, emergency risk communication, and long-term care facilities. Includes toolkits relevant to the COVID-19 response.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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EDEN: Current Situation: COVID-19
Resources to help extension educators address COVID-19 concerns in their communities. Includes courses, publications, videos, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Extension Disaster Education Network
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Novel Coronavirus Resources
Collection of COVID-19-related websites and documents prepared by the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), including technical assistance responses, infectious disease resources, and topic collections.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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COVID-19 and Telehealth Resources
Contains links to resources addressing telehealth services and COVID-19 such as current guidance, reimbursement policies, and provider toolkits. Includes resources from National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, the Center for Connected Health Policy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Federation of State Medical Boards, among other stakeholders.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
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ASHP: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources to help pharmacists respond to COVID-19. Includes information on treatment options, including off-label treatment considerations.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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HRSA Health Center Program: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Information for health centers regarding how to prepare for and respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. Includes resources available to help with preparedness and information to help health centers meeting the needs of their patients, including special populations they serve.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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FEMA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Information and resources on how FEMA is assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial governments related to the Nationwide Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. Includes best practices section where communities can share their experiences and learn from others.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Department of Veterans Affairs' Potential Role in Addressing the COVID-19 Outbreak
Provides an overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) response to the COVID-19 outbreak including guidance for Veterans Health Administration patients, information on COVID-19 testing and treatment, and guidance for VA grantees who serve homeless veterans. Includes information on the VA's role to support civilian healthcare systems during a national emergency. Highlights congressional actions pertaining to COVID-19 that impact the VA.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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COVID-19 in Rural Areas - Addressing Social Determinants of Health in a Pandemic
Recording from a March 19, 2020 webinar discussing contagion in rural areas, risks to healthcare workers in those communities, and the importance of social distancing and voluntary quarantining during the pandemic. Includes question and answer session with rural healthcare providers, addressing their concerns and their plans for preparation.
Additional links: Webinar Recap
Author(s): Lynn Barr
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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American College of Emergency Physicians: COVID-19
Information to assist with patient care during the response to COVID-19. Addresses clinical assessment and management, testing, emergency department issues, EMS issues, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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COVID-19: Primary Care Strategies to Support Alternative Care Delivery Methods (March 20, 2020)
Recording of a March 20, 2020 webinar discussing best practices for managing patients with varying levels of risk for the COVID-19 virus, billing and coding practices for population health services, and delivery of virtual or at-home health services.
Author(s): Anna  Loengard
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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IHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information on the federal response to COVID-19 in Indian Country. Addresses testing, access to personal protective equipment, funding, emergency planning, and service delivery.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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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: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19
Resource to help government agencies request assistance with digital projects in response to COVID-19. A request form is available to ask for assistance from qualified volunteers skilled in technology, data, design, and operations.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
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Project N95: The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse
Clearinghouse to help healthcare providers and facilities request needed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, and ventilators. A request form is available, and the expectation is that PPE will be available in the coming weeks and will be distributed where it is most urgently needed.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
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Rural Health COVID-19 "Call First" Communication Toolkit
COVID-19 communication toolkit for rural hospitals and clinics. Focused on helping facilities demonstrate leadership in protecting the community, while taking steps to ensure that facilities are not overburdened. Includes customizable print and digital ads, radio scripts, social media posts, and other materials. Free, registration required.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Legato Healthcare Marketing, National Rural Health Association
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General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
Provides a list of resources on telehealth and telemedicine services for providers interested in establishing a telemedicine program in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration. Includes links to resources on the 1135 waiver, general federal and state guidance, implementation, and technical assistance.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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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: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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EMS.gov Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
Resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) personnel appropriately and safely serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses EMS workforce protection, patient care, crisis planning, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
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COVID-19 Related Cybersecurity Information
Resources to help hospitals and health systems mitigate risk related to cybersecurity threats during the COVID-19 response.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Telehealth and COVID-19
Recording of a March 19, 2020 webinar that explores uses and benefits of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses patient and provider safety and access to treatment. Presents overviews of telehealth technology and public policy.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center, National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
Provides an overview of how telehealth can be used to respond to COVID-19. Identifies policy and payment issues, examples of how telehealth has been used in the past to address epidemics, training, and other resources.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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AMA Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice
Presents information to aide physicians and practices implementing telemedicine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an overview of telemedicine policies and payment guidelines. Outlines key considerations regarding vendor selection, workflow, and patient care.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
An overview of resources and tools to help providers use telehealth to care for patients while keeping staff safe. Includes resources to help quickly set up telehealth, as well as information on payment, legal issues, Medicare services, and more.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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DEA COVID-19 Information Page
Guidance for DEA-registered telehealth practitioners to issue prescriptions for controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice
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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: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Discusses the enforcement discretion that the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will use during to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requirements. Explains that OCR will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered healthcare providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the public health emergency. Identifies applications that can be used and those that should not be used.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Medicaid State Plan Fee-for-Service Payments for Services Delivered Via Telehealth
Explains state policy options for paying Medicaid providers that use telehealth to deliver services, with the goal of increasing access to care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet
Explains Medicare coverage and payment of virtual services, which are being broadened in response to COVID-19 so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Includes information on Medicare telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and E-visits. Also briefly discusses HIPAA.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - March 17, 2020
Information on Medicare payment for telehealth services related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Addresses services that can provided and variety of related issues.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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HHS OIG Policy Statement on Practitioners That Reduce, Waive Amounts Owed by Beneficiaries for Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Discusses OIG policy that gives healthcare providers the ability to waive or reduce costs for telehealth services owed by individuals covered by Federal healthcare programs in order to address COVID-19 concerns. Describes the impact of this policy on Medicare beneficiaries and providers.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
Lists 1135 waivers available from CMS to help healthcare providers respond to COVID-19, with information for specific facility types including skilled nursing facilities, Critical Access Hospitals, and home health agencies.
Date: 03/2020
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: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist
Resource to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Identifies specific activities jurisdictions can undertake, including activities addressing safety and infection control, EMS, and hospital and healthcare delivery.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Virtually Perfect? Telemedicine for Covid-19
Perspective article that discusses the role telehealth could play in responding to COVID-19. Discusses telemedicine approaches related to surge control and triage, patient isolation, eICU, community paramedicine, and more.
Author(s): Judd E. Hollander, Brendan G. Carr
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
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Health Industry Cybersecurity: Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the COVID-19 Response
A guide for healthcare enterprise management on how to address important factors related to teleworking during a public emergency. Includes action items related to information technology and cybersecurity, legal and privacy considerations, and communication.
Author(s): Joint Cybersecurity Working Group
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council
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Medicare Learning Network: Telehealth Services
Contains information on originating sites, distant site practitioners, telehealth services, billing and payment for professional services furnished via telehealth as well as for the originating site facility fee, and a list of helpful websites.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
Updates, resources, and information to help community health centers respond to COVID-19. Lists webinars, provider resources, regulatory guidance, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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State COVID-19 Response Resources
A list of state government pages focused on response to COVID-19, with information on state guidance, resources for healthcare providers in the state, and state monitoring.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Clinical management, patient education, and preparedness resources to help family physicians respond to COVID-19. Includes updates on payment and telehealth.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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COVID-19 Resources
Information and resources to help rural communities and healthcare providers address and respond to COVID-19. Includes links to state resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources for hospitals and health systems to help them respond to COVID-19. Includes news from AHA on the latest developments.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Presents an overview of the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak (COVID-19) and shares the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Provides information for healthcare facilities and providers, health departments, communities, and other specific audiences. Includes free communication resources for distribution.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Last Updated: 4/3/2020