We have collected several different COVID-19 resources that we hope will help our members and the rural communities.
From IRHA staff and members
- Need help setting up a telehealth program? Our WhiteBark Telehealth Platform is cost-effective and can be set up quickly and with minimal training. Contact our team of experts to get started!
- An Inside View of COVID-19 from Margaret Mary Health: Video from staff members on the frontline.
- Reid Health offers free virtual COVID-19 screenings
Rural Health Clinic NEWS BRIEF related to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Telehealth Resources: https://www.umtrc.org/resources/covid-19/
- COVID-19 Community Resources
- Tonn and Blank Construction, LLC. (IRHA Business Partner Network): Constructing units that are designed to be erected outside a medical facility to allow for examination/testing of COVID-19 without introducing them to the mainstream facility. It contains a temporary triage unit for medical staff, temporary carport to fit two vehicles wide, portable handwashing and restroom, as well as a temporary triage facility built with exam rooms, reception desk and appropriately spaced seating for potential examinees. They are running fiber, electric, HVAC into both the smaller command center that holds three or four medical staff for this area as well as the larger triage unit where patients and exam rooms are erected. This allows for total isolation of testing/exam for potential COVID-19 patients without introducing them to the mainstream facility. For more information, please contact Tonn and Blank Construction here: https://tonnandblank.com/contact
- IRHA has a team of five licensed Indiana insurance navigators available to help all Hoosiers with application assistance. You can connect with the Connecting Kids to Coverage - Indiana team here: https://www.indianaruralhealth.org/CKC-IN
- IRHA Webinars
- Resources created by the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition: https://mobissue.com/bookcase/fwdl (be use internet explorer)
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- What to do if you are sick - guidance from the CDC
- Use of a cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19
From the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)
- The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today launched a new website, BeWellIndiana.org, that will provide Hoosiers with free mental health resources that have been vetted by experts.
- Interactive map that will help Hoosiers seeking food assistance find what they need.
- Indiana Medicaid allows telemedicine and telephone options for most health care and mental health interactions
- State to allow opioid treatment programs the use of lockboxes; provide naloxone to help reduce spread of COVID-19.
- FSSA offers additional guidance to Hoosier parents and providers on child care options. Every community has a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) who can connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support.
- The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) will cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing without co-pays for IHCP members.
Indiana to offer Psychological First Aid training in response to COVID-19 epidemic.
From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Coronavirus and Keeping Safe: What You Need to Know - Workplace, school, and home guidance.
- Guidance to limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures.
- CMS Coronavirus Partner Virtual Toolkit - CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- COVID-19 Frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies.
- Frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to COVID-19.
- Please see the link below from CMS providing guidance specific to COVID-19 coverage and payment; telehealth services are outlined on page three. CMS is allowing providers in CAH clinics, RHCs, FQHC's, to temporarily bill as distant site providers for virtual check in services.
- CMS has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services.
- CMS directs nursing homes to significantly restrict visitors and nonessential personnel, etc....
- Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus is available.
From the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)
- COVID-19 Guidance for Rural Hospitals
- What Parents Need to Know about COVID-19 (Last Updated 3/23/2020). This guide was developed by Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children and the Indiana State Department of Health to share what we know today to help keep you, your family, and our communities healthy.
- General questions about COVID-19 my be directed to: 877-826-0011 (open 24/7) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org
From the Indiana Department of Insurance
- Due to the declaration of a public health emergency throughout the State of Indiana as a result of the coronavirus disease and the issuance of Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-05, the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) issued bulletin 252 to assist consumers, businesses, and entities regulated by the IDOI.
The Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), in coordination with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), are pleased to announce the release of a new resource: The COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers guide. This funding resource is intended to support rural health care providers, along with their state and local partners, navigate the availability of federal funds to support the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response and recovery efforts.
HHS Launches COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), launched a new COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal, allowing health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured COVID-19 individuals on or after February 4, 2020 to submit claims for reimbursement. Providers can access the portal at COVIDUninsuredClaim.HRSA.gov.
- What technology can be used for Telehealth during the national public health emergency? Guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be found HERE
- Policies around telehealth have been developing alongside COVID-19. The Center for Connected Health Policy created a summary of what is covered by various public and private payers. Keep in mind, events are evolving quickly. Consider this a living document that could change frequently as new information and new policies become available/are enacted. Check back often and look for the timestamp to ensure you have the latest version.
- Indy Parks and Recreation free meal sites
- Emotional coping during this health crisis
- During the COVID-19 crisis, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is leading efforts to ensure that prevention, treatment, recovery support services, and safe and effective pain management remain available nationwide. CLICK HERE for the facts sheet.
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