5/20/2020 2:25:00 PM
HHS has announced details regarding the Rural Health Clinic Testing fund in a press release here:
Congress Introduces Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act
H.R. 6792 Allows RHCs to be Paid AIR for Telehealth Visit
5/12/2020 11:00:00 AM
On May 8th, Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) introduced the Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) strongly endorses this legislation and we sincerely thank Rep. Smith and Rep. O’Halleran for their leadership on this issue. Both members were instrumental in getting the law changed to allow rural health clinics (RHCs) and
5/5/2020 6:30:00 PM
Last Friday, NARHC Executive Director Bill Finerfrock participated in a phone call with Deputy Secretary Hargan regarding the $10 billion rural provider relief allocation. After this call, we published a brief news article about the allocation. However, we are now learning that some of the details initially communicated to NARHC were inaccurate. HHS reached out to us today to correct the record.
Rural Provider Relief Fund Details Announced
All RHCs to receive a minimum of $100,000
5/1/2020 4:30:00 PM
Today, the Trump Administration announced additional details regarding the distribution of $10 Billion from the Provider Relief fund for rural hospitals and rural health clinics and rural federally qualified health centers. As part of this announcement, National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) Executive Director Bill Finerfrock was invited...
CMS Revises Telehealth Distant Site Guidance
Audio-Only Visits Now Considered Full Telehealth Distant Site Visits
4/30/2020 4:00:00 PM
On April 30th, 2020, CMS significantly updated their telehealth guidance for RHCs and FQHCs. There are two massive changes. First, ALL distant site telehealth visits must be billed with HCPCS code G2025.
4/28/2020 12:00:00 PM
The National Association of Rural Health Clinics has been working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address the exclusion of Pediatric RHCs from the General Distribution of money from the Provider Relief Fund. We believe that HHS understands this problem and will not repeat this oversight in the next release of funds.
4/28/2020 6:00:00 AM
The federal government recognizes that the health care industry is in the midst of both a public health crisis and a financial crisis and while it may or may not be enough, they have appropriated $175 billion thus far to keep our industry afloat. This $175 billion has been split into multiple allocations for different purposes and it comes on top of other programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program and the Medicare Accelerated Payment Program.
4/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
We are pleased to report that the Congress is set to approve a new $225 MILLION grant program exclusively for federally certified Rural Health Clinics for testing and related expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
4/22/2020 4:30:00 PM
On April 22, 2020, HHS updated their provider relief website with additional information about how they plan to spend the rest of the $100 billion allocated for healthcare providers by the CARES Act.
4/17/2020 1:15:00 PM
CMS has released the long-awaited guidance on telehealth billing for RHCs. Here is a link to the MLN document: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/se20016.pdf UPDATED 4/21/2020
4/14/2020 1:00:00 PM
The CARES Act included $200 million in funding (via grants) to help health care providers establish telehealth services and non-profit/publicly owned RHCs are eligible to apply for these grants. The grant money can be used to “purchase telecommunications, information services, and connected devices to provide connected care services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Direct Deposits, Supervision Relaxation, Staffing Requirements Changed, and Modifier CS!
4/10/2020 12:00:00 PM
Direct Deposits The CARES Act included $100 billion for providers to cover their “lost revenue.” This morning HHS paid out the first $30 billion to providers based on Medicare revenues from last year, no application necessary.
4/7/2020 4:00:00 PM
It gives us no great pleasure to have to write this letter but it is important that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leadership, the President, Congress and the American people know what CMS has been doing over the last few weeks to cause enduring harm to the healthcare delivery system in rural communities around the country.
RHC Relief Options in Recently Signed CARES Legislation
March 30, 2020 - 11:20 AM
3/30/2020 11:20:00 AM
On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. There are several provisions in this new law that will directly affect Rural Health Clinics and your ability to remain open to see patients during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, there are three provisions of the bill that I wanted to go through:
CARES Act Signed Into Law
RHCs Now Able to Bill Medicare As Distant Site Providers
3/27/2020 5:00:00 PM
UPDATE: The CARES Act has officially been signed into law by President Trump. CMS is holding internal discussions on how to operationalize the telehealth provisions and may be able to release guidance soon. RHCs may now provide telehealth visits to Medicare patients with confidence that they will be paid for those visits. Billing details are still forthcoming.
Rural Health Clinic Relevant Provisions in the CARES Act
Legislation Provides Access to Liquidity for Small Businesses
3/26/2020 5:00:00 PM
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0 on Wednesday, March 25th and is expected to be passed by the House and signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27th. This historic legislation is one of the largest spending bills ever passed by Congress, but lawmakers have already signaled that a fourth round of COVID-19 related legislation is necessary and work will begin on that legislation immediately...
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Passes Senate
Phase 3 Coronavirus Legislation Expands Telehealth to RHCs as the Distant Site
3/25/2020 12:00:00 PM
***This story is developing and we will update this article as more details become available***
3/20/2020 5:00:00 PM
Washington D.C. ~ Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) sent a bipartisan letter today to Congressional leadership urging them to adopt a solution for RHCs and FQHCs regarding telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. NARHC worked closely with Representative Smith and Representative O’Halleran on this effort. You can read the full letter...
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