On October 2, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced an additional extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). This declaration becomes effective October 23. Assuming a full 90-day declaration from this extension, the PHE will now last through January 21, 2021.

On October 1, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a third phase of general distribution funding from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). HHS is allocating $20 billion for this funding round, with details on eligibility and payment methodology available here. The application period for this third round opens on Monday, October 5 and closes on November 6. Brief notes on eligibility and payment aspects are below.

  • Eligibility: Any provider that has previously received, accepted, or rejected a general distribution award; behavioral health providers; and health care providers that began practicing between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020. 
  • Payment Methodology: Initial payments will be made to any provider that has not yet received a total of two percent of net patient revenue from the PRF, including providers who have received no PRF payment to date or providers who have received some payment below two percent of net patient revenue. With the remaining $20 billion after these payments, add-on payments will be made based on changes in a provider's net patient revenue and operating expenses, with consideration for any previous PRF funding awards made to that provid

Save the date! October 14, 2020, 2pm ET, CMS Update: Behavioral Health and Delegated Authority.

This webinar, presented jointly by the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) and Healthy Schools Campaign, will provide an update from CMS on behavioral health and delegated authority.

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Save the date! September 30, 2020, 2pm EST, Opportunities for School-Based Telehealth during COVID-19.

This webinar, presented jointly by the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) and Healthy Schools Campaign, will provide an overview of the laws, regulations and policies that govern the delivery of telehealth in schools and how utilization can support access to care for Medicaid eligible students.

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September 01/2020: Ohio Medicaid has filed permanent rules to continue expanded telehealth options beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Department sited preliminary data in their decision-making, which showed that telehealth was very popular, especially for behavioral health services. "This permanent expansion of clinically appropriate telehealth services allows us to increase access to quality care while maintaining the fiscal sustainability and integrity of Ohio's Medicaid program," said Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran in a statement.

Read more about Ohio's telehealth expansion here.

Please click on the link below to access the full FAQ.

https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covid-19-faqs.pdf

On June 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released details on how the Department intends to disburse funding to Medicaid providers from the provider relief fund.

Key details on the Medicaid awards:

  • Total Amount: $15 billion for Medicaid providers.
  • Eligibility: Any provider that did not receive a funding award from the first $50 billion in awards made to providers with some level of Medicare utilization, and directly billed a state Medicaid program or Medicaid managed care plan between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2020.
  • Process: Providers submit annual patient revenue information to HHS's provider relief fund portal by July 20, 2020.
  • Award Amounts: Minimum of two percent of gross patient care revenues, with final amount determined by provider-submitted data including number of Medicaid patients served.

The Council of Administrators for Special Education/Let’s Go Learn has passed along the PDF slide deck from their latest webinar, Navigating Special Education and Remote Learning. In addition to the webinar, you can also learn more about Let's Go Learn by visiting, letsgolearn.com.

On April 3, 2020, The Healthy Student's, Promising Futures Collaborative held a conference call on what states are doing around the delivery of school health services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  To view the resources that were shared, click on the link below:

Resources Shared on April 3 COVID Call

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