Category: Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19 – September 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers, and providers are looking for ways to expand access to telehealth services. Telehealth is an essential tool in ensuring patients are able to access the healthcare services they need in as safe a manner as possible. In order to...

CMS Proposes Permanent Extension of Some Telehealth, Therapy Waivers After COVID-19 Emergency

The federal government on Monday introduced a proposed rule that would, if finalized, make permanent at least some of the emergency telehealth flexibilities implemented during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, while potentially allowing a greater frequency of remote nursing home interventions. President Trump on Monday signed an executive order requiring the Department...

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...

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 – Long Term Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities)

 Long Term Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities): 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...

New CMS Waivers Eliminate ‘All Barriers’ to Telehealth in Skilled Nursing Facilities

By Alex Spanko | March 31, 2020 As part of a sweeping set of waivers announced late Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded its efforts to cut restrictions on telehealth — essentially removing any last roadblock that providers would face to offering virtual interventions at nursing homes. By allowing...

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,...

As Coronavirus Concerns Grow, Skilled Nursing Facilities Find Relief in Telehealth — But Gaps Remain

With concerns around staffing and supply shortages in nursing homes amid the coronavirus, telemedicine has emerged as a key potential weapon, receiving the first-ever major green light for reimbursement on the national level — as part of an $8.3 billion bill allowing the federal government to cover remote care for Medicare...

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by Hospice Agencies

TitleGuidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by Hospice AgenciesMemo #QSO-20-16-HospicePosting Date2020-03-09Fiscal Year2020SummaryCMS is committed to protecting American patients by ensuring health care facilities have up-to-date information to adequately respond to COVID-19 concerns. • Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and...

CMS Issues COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Hospices

The U.S. Centers for Health & Human Services (CMS) has issued guidelines for protecting health care workers who operate in the home and community from COVID-19, including hospice providers.  The CMS materials contain guidance for screening for and treatment of the virus in addition to when patients should be transitioned to...

2020 Vision – Better Connectivity is Helping Health Care – aTouchAway Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Platform Experiencing Exponential Growth

A patient’s ‘circle of care’ can include relatives, friends, a spiritual adviser or the pharmacist, not just doctors, nurses, or telehealth clinicians. Technology is helping bring them all together. BRIGITTE PELLERINJanuary 3, 2020 A fresh decade means fresh ideas. Brigitte Pellerin talks to some of the local people who...

Timely, Regular Doctor Visits Could Reduce Readmissions at Nursing Homes

With the increased premium placed on preventing rehospitalizations from skilled nursing facilities, timely interventions from a doctor can potentially make a major difference. Between 2012 and 2014, about 10.4% of residents did not see a physician at all during their time in the skilled nursing facility, according to a...

Congress Eyes Another Shot at Telehealth for SNFs with RUSH Act Return

Lawmakers are poised to reintroduce the RUSH Act, which aims to give SNFs more incentives to use telehealth and telemedicine to improve patient care and reduce rehospitalizations. By Eric Wicklund March 04, 2019 – A proposal to give skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) more incentives to use telehealth and telemedicine will...
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