Category: Rural Health Clinics

CMS Updates FQHC/RHC Factsheet with Telehealth Cost Sharing Information

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their Medicare Learning Network (MLN) factsheet for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  The update includes a section on the telehealth cost sharing waiver.  CMS specifies that...

FCC Boosts Rural Health Program Funding to Support Telehealth Expansion

The Federal Communications Commission is adding almost $200 million to the Rural Health Care Program, giving providers more resources to expand broadband connectivity to support telehealth and mHealth platforms. By Eric Wicklund June 30, 2020 – Federal officials are adding almost $200 million to a fund designed to help rural healthcare providers...

The Time is Now for Providers to Apply for Some of the Remaining $130 Million Available Under the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 As previously reported, Congress and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have removed longstanding regulatory barriers to the broad deployment of telehealth for general care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In parallel, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has established the Federal Communication...

Community Health Centers Need a Telehealth Strategy, Resources to Survive

A new Health Affairs article notes how community health centers have struggled to use telehealth before and during COVID-19, and offers advice to help CHCs embrace connected health in the future. By Eric Wicklund June 03, 2020 – Community health centers will need a good grasp of telehealth to survive both the...

Telehealth Policy in a Post-COVID-19 World – Insights from CCHP’s Executive Director

During the COVID-19 crisis, there has been unprecedented interest in the use of telehealth as its unique qualities make it an invaluable tool when faced with a highly infectious disease.  Pre-COVID-19 telehealth policy barriers have been removed at a rapid rate, however, these changes are temporary.  Once the initial...

CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 – Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Trump Administration has issued an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to...

Telehealth: Delivering Care Safely During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, HHS has taken steps to make it easier to provide telehealth services. Telehealth — sometimes referred to as telemedicine — describes the use of 2-way communication technology for certain health care services. We encourage health care providers to adopt and use telehealth as a...

Telehealth & COVID-19

Latest Updates & Resources COVID-19 Telehealth Policy Resources to Know About With telehealth policy changing rapidly during the COVID-19 emergency, the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) and the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRCs) have worked to develop some important resources to help guide providers and telehealth...

The COVID-19 CARES Act & New CMS Guidelines

In the past few days, there have been significant actions impacting federal telehealth policy.  The $2 trillion relief package, HR 748, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act or “CARES Act”, was signed into law and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updates regarding...

COVID-19 CARES ACT SIGNED!

After passing in both the House and Senate, the President signed into law HR 748, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act or “CARES Act”.  The $2 trillion relief package not only provides economic relief but also funding for health care.  Among the provisions include funding for hospitals,...

Federal CONNECT Act Seeks to Expand Access to Telehealth in Medicare

Last week S. 2741 (Sen. Schatz) and HR 4932 (Rep. Thompson), the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 (CONNECT Act), were introduced in order to amend the Social Security Act to expand access to telehealth in the Medicare program.  Medicare...

New Bill Seeks to Expand Telehealth Services in Rural Health Clinics

A bill introduced in April seeks to expand telehealth services offered by the nation’s 4,300 rural health clinics by enabling them to be qualified through Medicare as distant site providers. By Eric Wicklund May 15, 2019 – Congress is considering a bill that would enable rural health clinics to support...
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