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WCMS E-Newsletter: COVID-19 Update

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CMS Announces Medicare Telehealth Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services
Michigan Expansion Already in Place
After efforts were announced in Michigan to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by expanding telehealth services and payments, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries effective March 6, 2020. To view the press release and fact sheet, please click here.What does that mean for your practice?
Under this new waiver, Medicare can pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth including in patients' places of residence. Physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers will be able to offer telehealth to their patients. The waiver extends to the three types of telehealth services: telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits. For a guide of what codes and patient relationships are covered, click on the image graph.Governor Whitmer waived Medicaid co-pays and cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing on March 12. Michigan also expanded access to telemedicine for Medicaid beneficiaries and stated in its press release that "insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, Meridian, CVS Health, McLaren, and Health Alliance Plan also announced that they will cover and encourage the use of virtual care and telemedicine, as well as waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing."

Interested in learning how to implement telehealth services in your practice?The AMA has developed a quick guide to support providers in expanding telemedicine services for their practices. Tips on policy, coding, and payment; practice implementation; and support resources are linked here.

COVID-19 Resources and Information

For the latest, evolving information on COVID-19, please find the below links and highlighted resources:

WASHTENAW COUNTY

·     Coronavirus Resources via the Washtenaw County Health Department

MICHIGAN

·     Cumulative Data for Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in MI by County with Patient Statistics

·     Coronavirus Resources via the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

·     Michigan Health Action Network Sign-up for Michigan alerts

·     COVID-19 Resource Center for Physicians and Patients via the Michigan State Medical Society

NATION-WIDE

·     Coronavirus Index via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

GLOBAL

·     Interactive COVID-19 Global Map via Johns Hopkins CSSE

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