Recent Updates


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 & Stockpile Request 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

 

IMS COVID-19 Weekly Quick Connect Recordings


Register for the Webinar Series here


Past Webinars:

Friday, March 20

Friday, March 27

Resources

 

State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration

Governor Reynolds has issued multiple State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declarations currently effective until midnight on April 16, unless terminated, extended, or modified prior to that time.
·  3/26 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration

·  3/22 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration
·   3/17 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration
·  IMS Summary of Key Healthcare Provisions (Updated 3/27/2020)

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is a first-step source for the latest information on the pandemic in the US and latest clinical guidance

·  CDC COVID-19 Homepage
·  Information for Healthcare Professionals

 

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

IDPH maintains an active website with state-specific information, including confirmed case count and local emergency response guidance

·  IDPH COVID-19 Homepage
·  Resources for Healthcare
·  Updated PPE Shortage Reporting & Stockpile Request Guidance – 3/25/2020

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Connect to the latest policy and guidance from CMS, including state of emergency regulations and facility-specific information

·  CMS Newsroom
·  COVID-19 Partner Toolkit
·  Medicare Telehealth Provider Fact Sheet
· 
Medicare Telehealth FAQ Document
·
 Recommendations for Delaying Elective Surgeries & Non-Essential Medical Procedures
·
 CMS Delays Quality Program Reporting Requirements  
·
 Relaxed Medicare CMS Provider Enrollment FAQ
· Nationwide Medicare & Medicaid 1135 Waivers

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO provides the leadership for the global pandemic and response.

·  WHO COVID-19 Webpage

 

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise

IME continues to release informational letters for billing services related to coronavirus and COVID-19 for both managed care and fee for service.

·   IMS Informational Letter No. 2119  – Update to Billing Services Related to Coronavirus and COVID-19 (3/19/2020)
·   IME Informational Letter No. 2115 – Billing Services Related to Coronavirus and COVID-19 (3/11/2020)



Department of Human Services

DHS is coordinating with the Department of Education to stand up additional childcare facilities for communities that lack sufficient capacity for front-line medical staff.

·   DHS Childcare Resources in Response to COVID-19



American Medical Association (AMA)

The AMA created a Physicians Guide for COVID-19 online resource with links to relevant resources outline for physicians.

·      AMA Guide for COVID-19
·       Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
·       CPT Reporting for COVID-19 Testing
·       AMA Overview – CMS Payment Policies & Regulatory Flexibilities



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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

FAQ's:
·  Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
·   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Commercial Insurers

Wellmark has announced that it will waive telehealth credentialing standards, allow telephonic visits, and ensure payment parity for telehealth services. 

·  COVID-19 Provider Communication

·  Telehealth Coverage Update Press Release (3/19/2020)

·  Details Available in Wellmark Provider Portal


UnitedHealthcare has announced a number of prior authorization, telehealth, diagnosis, and laboratory billing and coding updates for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  ·       UHC Provider Telehealth Policies  

  ·       UHC COVID-19 Telehealth FAQ Document

  ·       Prior Authorization Updates

  ·       Telehealth Updates

  ·       Updated Diagnosis & Laboratory Codes



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.

·  IMS Resource Page: Business Resources for Impacted Practices



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


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

Staff Contact

  

  Kady Reese  

Director of Education
and Engagement

  Dennis Tibben  

Director of
  External Affairs