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Navigating Compliance Challenges with the Information Blocking Rule: A Collection of Case Studies: HITEQ Center and Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, September 2023 (2023). Resource Type: Toolkit. Description: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) 21st Century Cures Act Information Blocking Rule (Info Blocking Rule) prohibits covered actors – including health care providers, health IT developers of certified health IT, and health information exchanges/health information networks– from engaging in practices likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage access, exchange, or use of electronic health information (EHI). The Info Blocking Rule includes eight exceptions that provide actors with certainty that, when their practice interferes with the access, exchange, or use of EHI and meets the conditions of one or more exception, such practice will not be considered information blocking.1 More Details...

Telehealth Advancement in Massachusetts 2020-2021: Celebrating successes and insights for sustainability. June 2022. (2023). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Health center utilization of telehealth advanced in leaps and bounds since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. In 2019, fewer than 500,000 visits in health centers nationwide were provided via telehealth, and in 2020, over 28 million visits were conducted virtually as reported in the Uniform Data System (UDS). More Details...

NNOHA Operations Manual: Chapter 3, Financials (2022). Resource Type: Publication. Description: NNOHA's Operations Manuals provides guidance on key topic areas to support health centers run successful dental programs. This chapter on Financials provides an overview of health center financial structures for oral health programs. More Details...

State Telehealth Laws and Medicaid Program Policies, Fall 2022 (2022). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) Fall 2022 Summary Report of the state telehealth laws and Medicaid program policies provides a summary of the current status of telehealth policy in the states as of October 2022. CCHP provides these bi-annual summary reports in the Spring and Fall each year to provide a snapshot of the progress made in the past six months. CCHP is committed to providing timely policy information that is easy for users to navigate and understand through our Policy Finder. The information for this summary report covers updates in state telehealth policy made between July and early September 2022. More Details...

HHS Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth (2022). Resource Type: Publication. Description: In June 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services when such communications are conducted in a manner that is consistent with the applicable requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, including when OCR’s Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth. More Details...

CMS Changes for 2022: Mental Health Visits via Telehealth, Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics, COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, FAQs (2022). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Starting January 1, 2022: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) get payment for hospice attending physician services when provided by specific providers (pages 5 & 6). CMS allows mental health services using telecommunications (pages 5 & 12). CMS allows concurrent billing for chronic care management (CCM) and transitional care management (TCM) services (page 5). CMS changed G2064 and G0265 to 99424 and 99426, respectively (page 8). CMS added COVID-19 shot and monoclonal antibody therapy administration information (page 9) More Details...

Telehealth Office Hours: Telehealth Reimbursement (2022). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: NACHC Telehealth Office Hours targets health center, PCA, and HCCN staff who have questions or want to share information about telehealth related policy and operational activities. In addition to updates and Q&A, each session will focus on a specific topic of concern. More Details...

Billing for Telehealth in 2020 & Beyond (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The practice and delivery of healthcare is changing with an emphasis on improving quality, safety, efficiency, & access to care. Telemedicine can help you achieve these goals! The Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center, Arizona Medical Association, Maricopa County Medical Society and Arizona Medical Group Management Association presented this webinar on the implementation and practice of telemedicine. More Details...

Telehealth Office Hours: Optimizing Telehealth Workflows (2021). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Join us as we hear from the Telehealth Resource Centers as we discuss new trends in telehealth optimization, funding & reimbursement. We will review the current federal landscape as it relates to Telehealth in addition to highlighting recent trends in telehealth to include hybrid care models. More Details...

National Financial Impact of COVID-19 on FQHCs Report: National Estimate from April 2020 - June 2021 (2021). Resource Type: Other. Description: Capital Link\'s new report provides a national picture of health center revenue loss, COVID-19-related expenses, the influx of relief funds through December 31, 2020, and the estimated gap in needed funds, based on the 15-month period from April 2020 through June 2021. More Details...

Serving Rural Patients with Telehealth: Resources and Tips for Federally Qualified Health Centers: A HITEQ telehealth publication (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: With the challenges of provider shortages and lack of accessible facilities, telehealth presents an opportunity for health centers serving rural areas to expand health services, integrate primary care with subspecialty services, and improve care management.6 Telehealth provision in rural communities is particularly important and in-demand during the COVID-19 pandemic as many health centers have had to quickly transition to providing remote services. While telehealth has the potential to improve healthcare provision and access, many rural areas lack the reliable broadband connection and devices necessary for high-quality telehealth provision. More Details...

Telehealth Implications for FQHCs — COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: In this complimentary webinar, we will describe the new telehealth flexibilities in the Appropriations Act and PAL 2020-01, discuss the President's recent national emergency declaration, and explain the broader impact of each on health centers. More Details...

Using Non-Traditional Technology for Telehealth During COVID-19 Pandemic: Issue Brief for implementing commercial applications for telehealth consistent with March 2020 OCR Guidance (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the entity responsible for enforcing regulations under HIPAA, stated, effective immediately, it will exercise enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for HIPAA violations against covered healthcare providers if patients are served on a good faith basis during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. OCR has clarified that, during this public health emergency, these technologies can be used for any services, not only those specific to COVID-19. More Details...

Telehealth Policy during Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic (2020). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The HITEQ Center is adding additional telehealth information, including policy and regulatory developments, relevant to coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts health centers as it becomes available. More Details...

Telehealth to Support Primary Care during COVID-19 (2020). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Sanjeev Arora, MD, discusses how the Project ECHO model is being applied to support primary care providers during this pandemic. Bob Phillips, MD reports on how primary care practitioners are applying emerging telehealth policies and the tough choices practices are making to maintain financial viability with dramatically reduced in-person visits. More Details...

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