COVID-19 Resources


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.


Recent Updates

Proposed CY 21 Physician Fee Schedule Extends COVID-19 Telehealth Policies

CMS has published the proposed Calendar Year 2021 Physician Fee Schedule, which includes both permanent and temporary extensions of many telehealth coverage expansions and policy flexibilities that were initially implemented in response to COVID-19.


Confirmation of CMS Coverage for COVID Counseling

CMS has confirmed provider reimbursement coverage for patient counseling around the importance of self-isolation for patients who are being tested for COVID-19, regardless of where the test is administered. CMS will use existing evaluation and management (E/M) payment codes to reimburse providers who are eligible to bill CMS for counseling services. CMS has also created a Counseling Check List to assist providers in counseling and providing resources to patients.


UnitedHealthcare Extends COVID-19 Flexibilities Through October 22 - 7/29/2020

UnitedHealthcare recognizes that the persistence of COVID-19 cases across the country continues to have an impact on the healthcare system – both for COVID-19-related care as well as for regular preventive visits. To provide ongoing support to members and providers, UnitedHealthcare is extending many of the COVID-19 temporary program, process and coverage changes through Oct. 22, 2020. Full details, including applicable benefit plans and service information, can be found online.


IMS: Iowa's State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration UPDATE - 7/24/2020


Renewal of a Public Health Emergency

USA Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar extended the current COVID-19 public health emergency, for an additional 90 days. This was originally set to expire on July 25. 


AMA Releases New Physician Wellness Resources - 7/8/2020


7/7/2020 - Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Fact Sheet for Medicaid and CHIP Providers that is now available on the Provider Relief Fund website. Applications are due July 20, 2020

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration - 6/25/2020


HHS Provider Relief Fund Update - 6/19/2020

Last week, HHS launched an application portal to distribute $15 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments to eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations. The payment will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount will be determined based on submitted data, including the number of Medicaid patients served. Eligible physicians and organizations have until July 20, 2020, to submit their application and report other necessary information, such as annual patient revenue data.


Wellmark to Continue Paying Health Care Providers the Same for Virtual Visits Until Feb. 1 2021 - 6/17/2020

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced it has agreed to extend the same reimbursement fee to Iowa providers for virtual visits as is paid for in-person visits until Feb.1, 2021. This applies to all appropriate medical and behavioral health virtual visits with any Wellmark in-network provider in Iowa.


UnitedHealthcare Extends COVID-19 Temporary Telehealth Expansion and Cost Share Waivers - 6/17/2020

UnitedHealthcare is temporarily expanding the dates through which they are waiving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) originating site requirements for Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Individual and fully insured Group Market health plan members.


COVID-19 Liability Protections - 6/12/2020 

The following COVID-19 Liability Protections have passed the legislature  and currently await the governor’s signature:


IMS Elective Procedures & Public Health Declaration Updates - 6/10/2020

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Safety Net Hospitals, Medicaid & CHIP Providers - 6/9/2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. HHS is also announcing the distribution of $10 billion in Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable citizens. The safety net distribution will occur this week.

Full Press Release


HHS Announces New Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing - 6/8/2020

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new Guidance that specifies what additional data must be reported to HHS by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The Guidance standardizes reporting to ensure that public health officials have access to comprehensive and nearly real-time data to inform decision making in their response to COVID-19. As the country begins to reopen, access to clear and accurate data is essential to communities and leadership for making decisions critical to a phased reopening.

Full Press Release


UnitedHealthcare Continues Phasing Out COVID-19 Flexibilities – 6/1/2020

UHC has published a schedule of when COVID-19 policy flexibilities will phase out, starting today.

June 1 – All prior authorization requirements and site of service reviews resume.

June 24 – Telehealth flexibilities extended through this date for Individual and fully-insured Group Market plans.

June 30 – Claims with a date of service on or after Jan. 1, 2020 will not be denied for timely filing if submitted by


AMA Publishes Updated Clinic Reopening Guide – 5/28/2020

The AMA has published updated clinic reopening guide, which includes a reopening checklist, a template pre-appointment patient screening script and information for practices considering implementing a tele-triage program.


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 
5/15/2020
The AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center has published a new white paper using existing research to contextualize the rapid expansion of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and help inform clinical decision making.
·  
AHRQ COVID-19 Telehealth White Paper


New IMS Patient & Family COVID-19 Communication Resource
5/14/2020

The IMS Patient and Family Advisory Committee has assembled some basic communication resources to assist physicians with translating the potentially complex conversations around COVID-19 into more person-centered and approachable discussions.


Medicare Telehealth Coverage & Payment FAQ Video
5/11/2020 
CMS has released an updated FAQ video to outline some of the most common questions about Medicare coverage and payment under the COVID-19 public health disaster declarations.
·  CMS: Medicare Telehealth & Payment FAQ Video


Additional Sources of PPE 
5/11/2020
To aid practices in locating PPE to supplement the limited supply available via traditional supply lines, IMS has assembled a list of PPE manufacturers and distributors. IMS is providing this information as an informational resource. We cannot guarantee that these companies will consistently continue to accept orders or avoid shipment delays as demand increases. The full listing of manufacturers and distributors with the categories of PPE the provide, is available on the right-hand side of this page.


UHC Ending Most Medicare Advantage Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth 
5/8/2020
UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that they will being phasing out the audio-only telehealth flexibilities that were implemented as part of their initial pandemic response efforts. Beginning May 11, they will require that telehealth visits with Medicare Advantage patients, including DSNP patients, be performed utilizing an interactive audio-video platform, unless otherwise indicated as a covered audio-only visit in the May 1, 2020, CMS telehealth announcement. UHC coverage for audio-only telehealth visits with individual and group plans is scheduled to continue until June 18.
·  UHC May 8 COVID-19 Notice
·  CMS May 1 Telehealth Announcement


HHS Extends CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Attestation Deadline 
5/7/2020
HHS has extended the deadline for providers to attest to receipt of funds under the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund and accept the program’s terms and conditions. Previously set at 30 days from the date of receiving funds, providers now have 45 days from this date to complete their attestation.
·  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Terms and Conditions
·  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Informational Page


Free Physician Peer Support Line
5/6/2020
Physicians working on the front lines of COVID-19 response efforts can now access a free, confidential national support line. This resource line, staffed by volunteer psychiatrists from across the country, is available daily from 8:00 am – 3:00 am EST.
·  Physician Support Line


Strategies for ASC Operating Room Management
5/4/2020
Physicians at the University of Iowa are among the authors of a new article that will be published in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia examining strategies for daily management of operating rooms in ambulatory surgical centers following the acute phase of the COIVD-19 pandemic.
·  JCA: Strategies for ASC Operating Room Management


CMS Announces Additional Practice Flexibilities
4/30/2020

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.
·  
CMS: Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers


New Resource for Evaluating Elective Procedures
4/30/2020

IMS continues to field inquiries from clinics working to understand whether or not a specific procedure is subject to the overlapping state orders regarding elective procedures. To assist with this, we have developed an informational flowchart to outline the various decision points at which an individual procedure may be subject to the state restrictions which now extend until May 15. Practices are strongly encouraged to consult their legal counsel and medical liability carrier as they evaluate resumption of suspended services.
·  
IMS COVID-19 Elective Procedures Flowchart


Registration Open for WPS Medicare Telehealth Webinar
4/28/2020
Registration is now open for a new telehealth webinar that IMS and the fellow J-5 Region state medical societies will be hosting on May 11 from 10:00 – 11:30 am. This webinar, featuring experts from WPS Medicare, will address the recent Medicare telehealth billing and policy changes.
·  Register to Attend


CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Application Assistance 
4/27/2020
The AMA has developed a guide to help practices navigate the application process to access the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. HHS has also released a new fact sheet related to the second round of provider payments through this new program. As part of the provider application process, physicians are required to submit their revenue information via the new Provider Payment Portal so it can be verified and payment issued.
·  AMA: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Application Guide
·  AMA: Guidance for HHS General Allocation Fund Portal 
·  HHS Fact Sheet: Provider Relief Fund General Distribution 2 
·  HHS: CARES Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal


IMS Elective Procedures Checklist 
4/27/2020
To assist practices in determining when to resume elective surgeries and nonurgent medical procedures, IMS has assembled a brief checklist of suggested criteria. Practices are reminded to consult their legal counsel and medical liability carriers as part of this process.
·   IMS Elective Procedures Checklist


State Issued Updated PPE Shortage Order 
4/25/2020
IDPH has issued an updated PPE Shortage Order. This order, which replaces the April 9 PPE Shortage Order, integrates the governor’s April 24th emergency declaration to allow for the resumption of elective and nonessential medical procedures under certain circumstances. In doing so, the order also extends the blanket liability protections to any providers who resume elective procedures in accordance with the governor’s declaration.
·  
IDPH: Updated PPE Shortage Order


Governor Partially Lifts Ban on Elective Surgeries & Non-Essential Procedures 
4/24/2020
The governor has issued a new emergency declaration partially lifting the ban on elective surgeries and non-essential medical procedures, effective at 5:00 am on Monday, April 27. Practices are strongly encouraged to consult their legal counsel and medical liability carrier prior to resuming elective and non-essential services.
·  4/24 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration
·  IMS Summary: Elective Surgeries & Nonessential Medical Procedures
·  COPIC: Sample Special Consent for Elective Surgery or Procedure During COVID-19


HHS to Release Next Round of Provider Relief Funds 
4/23/2020
HHS has outlined the process by which it will begin releasing an additional $20 billion in direct provider relief funds, including funds to practices with a low Medicare volume, starting on April 24. Allocation of these funds will be based upon total 2018 net patient revenue and may require submission of an updated cost report for practices that do not already have one on file with CMS.
·  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Informational Page


Initial Guidance for Resuming Routine Procedures 
4/20/2020
While the statewide ban on elective surgeries and non-urgent medical procedures remains in effect until at least April 30, several national groups have begun to issue guidance for how practices can begin to prepare for the resumption of routine medical procedures and elective surgeries. This information may be helpful as your practice prepares to resume offering these services after the statewide ban is lifted.
·  CMS: Recommendations for Resuming Non-Emergent Healthcare
·  ACS: Guidance for Local Resumption of Elective Surgery 
·  
Joint Statement on Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery


UI Physicians Participating in COVID-19 Provider Exposure Study
4/17/2020
Physicians at the University of Iowa are engaged in a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) study to develop a healthcare worker registry to study worker exposure and experience related to COVID-19. 
· HERO Registry & Study Overview


CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Attestation & Payment Inquiries

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.
·  UHG Provider Relations: (866) 569-3522
·  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal
·  
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Terms & Conditions


Medicaid Announces Prior Auth & Claims Filing Extensions 
April 16, 2020
IME has announced that it is implementing a 90-day extension for all delayed services with a prior authorization approval that is scheduled to expire in March, April or May. It is also implementing a 90-day extension to the timely filing deadline for new claims with a date of service on or after April 1.
·
  IME Informational Letter No. 2129


FCC Accepting Applications for Telehealth Support Program
4/16/2020
The federal CARES Act provided $200 million for the creation of a COVID-19 Telehealth Program to support qualifying providers’ telecommunications, information services, and device expenses related to the provision of telehealth services. Applications for this rolling funding opportunity are now being accepted.
·
  FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program
·  Recorded Webinar on Application Process
·  FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program FAQs


APHA/NAM COVID-19 Webinars
4/14/2020
The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) have developed a series of free webinars outlining components of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
·
  The Science of Social Distancing, Part 1
·  The Science of Social Distancing, Part 2
·  Emerging Evidence on Spread and Treatment
·  Crisis Standards of Care During COVID-19


CDC Releases Resources in Languages Other Than English
4/14/2020
·  
CDC in Espanol COVID-19 Homepage
·  COVID-19 Resources in Languages Other than English
·  COVID-19 Print Resources in Languages Other Than English


State Launches New COVID-19 Website 
4/14/2020
·  
COVID-19 in Iowa Website


AMA Updated Coding & Prior Authorization Guidance
4/14/2020
·  
COVID-19 Prior Authorization Guidance
·  COVID-19 Special Coding Guidance (Updated 4/3/2020)


IPS COVID-19 Resources
4/14/2020    
The Iowa Psychiatric Society has a number of COVID-19, including several physician wellness resources, available on its website.
·  
IPS COVID-19 Resources


DEA Grants Controlled Substance Site Flexibility
4/13/2020
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued new guidance to allow hospitals and clinics to utilize their existing DEA registrations to receive and handle controlled substances at alternate satellite sites established to help respond the COVID-19 pandemic.
·  
DEA Controlled Substance Site Flexibility 


HHS Releases Details on CARES Act Provider Relief Fund 
4/10/2020
·  
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Information Page
·  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Fact Sheet
·  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Initial Distribution by State


IDPH Issues PPE Shortage Order
4/10/2020
·  
PPE Shortage Order 

CDC Issues Counterfeit PPE Guidance 
4/10/2020
In response to the increase in counterfeit PPE, which may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection, the CDC has issued updated guidance for how to identify NIOSH-approved respirators.
·  
CDC Counterfeit PPE Guidance



CDC Releases Updated Interim COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control Recommendations 
4/8/2020
·  Updated Interim COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control Recommendations



LifeServe Blood Center Issues Call for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma 
4/8/2020

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.
·   
CCP Donor Guidance 
·   Donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Sign


CMS Issues Updated Guidance on Elective Surgeries & Nonemergent Medical Services 
4/7/2020

·  CDC Guidance: Elective Surgeries & Nonemergent Medical Services

Provider Personal Protection Resources
4/7/2020

·  IMS Letter: Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones from COVID-19
·  
American College of Emergency Physicians COVID-19 Personal Checklist
·  
CDC: Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPA Equipment
·  NETEC: Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19
·   IDPH: Use of Homemade Gowns When Commercial PPE In Unavailable

 

IDPH Issues Guidance for Reporting COVID-19 Deaths & Poison Alert 
4/6/2020

·  Guidelines for Reporting & Certifying COVID-19 Deaths
·  
Poison Alert: Serious Toxicity from Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine


Medicare Releases FAQ Video on Telehealth Flexibility
4/6/2020

·  Medicare COVID-19 Telehealth FAQ video



Registration Open for IMS Telehealth Webinar 
4/3/2020

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.

  ·     Register to Attend



Governor Issues Updated State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration
4/3/2020

  ·     4/2 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration

  ·     IMS Summary of Emergency Declaration KeyProvisions (Updated 4/3/2020)

 

IME Issues COVID-19 Updates: Waivers, FAQs, Telehealth Billing Guidance
4/2/2020

  ·     IME Informational Letter No. 2125 – Medicaid Waivers & FAQ Documents

  ·     IME Informational Letter No. 2126 – Telehealth Billing Guidance



New CMS Flexibilities – Telehealth; Workforce; Administrative Burden
3/30/2020

  ·     CMS Physician Fact Sheet: Telehealth, Workforce, Administrative Burden Flexibilities

  ·     CMS Press Release: Telehealth, Workforce, Administrative Burden Flexibilities



Liability Protections & Expedited Licensure Information
3/30/2020

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.

  ·   COVID-19 Liability Protections

  ·   IMS Summary of Emergency Declaration KeyProvisions (Updated 3/30/2020)



COVID-19 Mental Wellness and Self-Care Resources
3/27/2020

  ·  IMS COVID-19 Mental Wellness and Self-Care Resource Page



Updated State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration
3/26/2020

  ·    3/26 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration

·  IMS Summary of Key Healthcare Provisions (Updated 3/27/2020) 

Linn County Medical Society Hosts COVID-19 Educational Webinar

  ·    LCMS COVID-19 Webinar Recording



Commercial Carriers COVID-19 Billing & Coding Updates
3/25/2020

  ·       UnitedHealthcare Releases Billing & Coding Updates

o   Prior Authorization Updates

o   Telehealth Updates

o   Updated Diagnosis & Laboratory Codes

 

  ·      Paramount Health Options Assembles Commercial Carriers Telehealth Billing & Coding Quick Reference Guide

    o PHO Telehealth Billing & Coding QuickReference Guide 


Telehealth Billing & Coding Resources for COVID-19 – 3/25/2020

·       ·   IMS Resource Page: COVID-19 Telehealth Billing and Coding



IDPH Updates Guidance for Reporting PPE Shortages
3/25/2020

·  Updated PPE Shortage Reporting and StockpileRequest Guidance 


AMA Releases Special Coding Advice Related to COVID-19
3/24/2020

  ·    Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

  ·    CPT Reporting for COVID-19 Testing

  ·    AMA Overview – CMS Payment Policies & Regulatory Flexibilities



Business Resources for COVID-19 Impacted Practices 
3/23/2020

· IMS Resource Page: Business Resources for Impacted Practices 

CMS Relaxes Provider Enrollment Standards
3/23/2020

· Provider Enrollment FAQ

Governor Signs New State Public Health Emergency Declaration
3/22/2020

  · Governor’s Press Release


CMS Relaxes Quality Program Reporting Requirements
3/22/2020

· CMS Relaxes MIPS & ACO Reporting Requirements


Childcare Assistance for Frontline Medical Staff 
3/22/2020

· DHSChildcare Resources in Response to COVID-19


Wellmark Announces Telehealth Coverage Updates, Including Payment Parity 
3/19/2020

·  COVID-19 Provider Communication

·  Telehealth Coverage Update Press Release 


Medicaid Issues Updated COVID-19 Billing Guidance 
3/19/2020

  ·  IMS Informational Letter No. 2119


CMS Recommends Delaying All Elective Surgeries & Non-Essential Medical Procedures 
3/19/2020

· CMS Procedural Recommendations


Governor Reynolds Issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration
3/18/2020


Telehealth Updates 
3/17/2020

·       CMS Announces Expanded Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries

o   Provider Fact Sheet

o   Medicare FAQ Document

·       HHS Office of Civil Rights Easing Enforcement of HIPAA Standards for Telehealth Services

o   Notification of Enforcement Discretion

·       Wellmark Waives Credentialing Standards, Allows Telephonic Visits, & Ensures Partial Reimbursement for Services

o   Details Available in Wellmark Provider Portal

·       UnitedHealthcare Waives Originating Site Restrictions, Allows Telephonic Visits, & Ensures Partial Reimbursement for Services

o   UHC Provider Telehealth Policies

o   UHC COVID-19 Telehealth FAQ Document


IMS Staff Working Remotely; All April IMS In-Person Meetings Cancelled 
3/16/2020

· COVID-19 Statement From IMS President 


Resources

PPE Manufacturers and Distributors

Company

PPE Product

Amazon Business for Healthcare

Gloves, Masks, Gowns, Goggles, Shoe Covers

Dupont

Gloves, Masks, Gowns, Goggles, Shoe Covers

3M

Gloves, Masks, Gowns, Goggles, Shoe Covers

Alpha Pro Tech

Gloves, Masks, Gowns, Goggles, Shoe Covers

Halyard

Gloves, Masks, Gowns, Goggles, Shoe Covers

Honeywell

Gloves, Masks, Protective Suits, Goggles

MSA

Face Shields, Goggles, Respirators

Dentec

Masks, Respirators

Moldex

Masks, Respirators

Gerson

Masks, Respirators

San-M Package Company

Masks, Caps

Dasheng

Mask, Goggles

Makrite

Masks

Progrear

Masks

Iowa Made

Stock Medical Supply

Face Shields

Gloves, Masks, Face Shields, Gowns, Goggles, Protective Suits


Elective Surgeries & Nonessential Medical Procedures


Provider Personal Protection

Personal Protective Equipment & Medical Supplies

 

Volunteer to Help with Disaster Response

 

Patient Education

 

COVID-19 Practice Guidelines & Resources


Medications

 

Billing & Coding

Medicare

Medicaid

Wellmark

UnitedHealthcare

UHC COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Phase Our Schedule: (Updated 6/1/2020)
  • June 1 – All prior authorization requirements and site of service reviews resume.

  • June 24 – Telehealth flexibilities extended through this date for Individual and fully-insured Group Market plans.
  • June 30 – Claims with a date of service on or after Jan. 1, 2020 will not be denied for timely filing if submitted by
  • UHC: Summary of COVID-19 Dates by Program

General Resources

Administrative Resources


External Resource Pages

 

Public Health Disaster Emergency Declarations


Partner Organizations

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
IMS has assembled a resource page to help connect Iowa physicians and clinic administrators to short- and long-term resources to aid in responding to the business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Telehealth Billing & Coding Resources for COVID-19
IMS has assembled a resource page to help Iowa physicians and clinic administrators easily locate the numerous policy changes and resources related to the administration of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 Physician Wellness and Self-Care
IMS has assembled a resource page to connect Iowa physicians and clinic administrators to mental health and wellness resources to help care for themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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