This page is intended to connect Iowa physicians and clinic administrators to the most up-to-date resources as our state responds to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. If you are unable to locate necessary information or have information or have further questions, please contact Kady Reese or Dennis Tibben with IMS.
CDC Issues COVID-19 Serology Testing Guidelines – 5/27/2020
The CDC has issued interim guidelines on the use of serological testing to determine proactive immunity and infectiousness among COVID-19 patients.
State Extends Emergency Declaration – 5/26/2020
Governor Reynolds has issued a new Public Health Disaster emergency Declaration, extending many of the provisions of interest to the medical community until June 25. In doing so, she modified slightly the partial ban on elective procedures, lowering the threshold for ICU beds hospitals must reserve for potential COVID-19 patients from 30% to 20% of ICU bed capacity.
CDC Releases Detailed Reopening Guidance – 5/21/2020
The CDC has released its long-form state reopening guidance, which includes recommendations on disease surveillance, healthcare system capacity, infection control and contact tracing, testing usage, surveillance assessment and hospital gating, and setting-specific guidance.
Medicaid Issues Updated COVID-19 Testing & Lab Coding Guidance – 5/20/2020
IME has published a new Informational Letter to update coding guidance for COVID-19 testing and lab services.
Medicare Updates COVID-19 Testing Payment Guidance – 5/19/2020
CMS has issued updated guidance to Medicare Administrative Contractors for the payment rates to assign to new COVID-19 testing codes.
AHRQ COVID-19 Telehealth White Paper
New IMS Patient & Family COVID-19 Communication Resource
Medicare Telehealth Coverage & Payment FAQ Video
UHC Ending Most Medicare Advantage Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth
CMS Announces Additional Practice Flexibilities
CMS has announced an additional round of COVID-19 blanket waivers, including payment parity for audio-only telehealth visits and additional flexibility for telehealth services under the Medicare program, as well as flexibility for medical staff privileging and the scope of services that may be provided at ambulatory surgical centers.
HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to deliver the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments. Physicians with inquiries about the status of their payments should contact UHG Provider Relations. Upon receiving funds, providers have 30 days from the date of payment to complete the payment attestation and agree to the terms and conditions. Practices that do not already have direct deposit through CMS or UHG’s Optum Pay, will receive a paper check unless they call UHG to set up direct deposit.
LifeServe is looking to collect COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) from patients who have had a confirmed SARS-CoV-19 diagnosis and subsequent resolution of symptoms. They have issued CCP donor guidance.
· CDC Guidance: Elective Surgeries & Nonemergent Medical Services
· IMS Letter: Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones from COVID-19
IDPH Issues Guidance for Reporting COVID-19 Deaths & Poison Alert
Medicare Releases FAQ Video on Telehealth Flexibility
State and federal officials, as well as commercial payers, have implemented numerous policy and regulatory changes in recent weeks to help practices implement more wide-spread telehealth services. To help practices make sense of it all, IMS has arranged for Katie Fergus, President of Des Moines-based PractiSynergy, provide an overview of both the national and state-specific billing and coding changes that have been implemented. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 8 from 12:00-1:00 pm.
IME Issues COVID-19 Updates: Waivers, FAQs, Telehealth Billing Guidance
· IME Informational Letter No. 2125 – Medicaid Waivers & FAQ Documents
· IME Informational Letter No. 2126 – Telehealth Billing Guidance
The Board of Medicine has issued updated guidance on liability protections afforded to individuals volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as information for recent medical graduates to obtain expedited emergency licensure.
· IMS Summary of Key Healthcare Provisions (Updated 3/27/2020)
· UnitedHealthcare Releases Billing & Coding Updates
· Paramount Health Options Assembles Commercial Carriers Telehealth Billing & Coding Quick Reference Guide
o PHO Telehealth Billing & Coding QuickReference Guide
· Updated PPE Shortage Reporting and StockpileRequest Guidance
· IMS Resource Page: Business Resources for Impacted Practices
Governor Signs New State Public Health Emergency Declaration
· CMS Relaxes MIPS & ACO Reporting Requirements
Wellmark Announces Telehealth Coverage Updates, Including Payment Parity
Medicaid Issues Updated COVID-19 Billing Guidance
· CMS Procedural Recommendations
· CMS Announces Expanded Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries
· HHS Office of Civil Rights Easing Enforcement of HIPAA Standards for Telehealth Services
· Wellmark Waives Credentialing Standards, Allows Telephonic Visits, & Ensures Partial Reimbursement for Services
· UnitedHealthcare Waives Originating Site Restrictions, Allows Telephonic Visits, & Ensures Partial Reimbursement for Services
IMS Staff Working Remotely; All April IMS In-Person Meetings Cancelled
PPE Manufacturers and Distributors
Provider Personal Protection
Personal Protective Equipment & Medical Supplies
Volunteer to Help with Disaster Response
COVID-19 Practice Guidelines & Resources
Billing & Coding
External Resource Pages
Public Health Disaster Emergency Declarations
LifeServe Blood Center
LifeServe Blood Center is looking to collect COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) from patients who have had a confirmed SARS-CoV-19 diagnosis and subsequent resolution of symptoms. They have issued CCP donor guidance.
Business Resources for COVID-19 Impacted Practices