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News Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Published Thursday, March 19, 2020
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting an update to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CMS is taking this action to continue its efforts to more»

Telehealth Coverage Policies In The Time Of COVID-19 To Date

Published Thursday, March 19, 2020

CCHP's updated COVID-19 Fact Sheet with new state actions can now be found on CCHP's newly formed COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Policies and State Actions Web pages. 


DEA Okays Telehealth to Prescribe Opioids Amid COVID-19 Emergency

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Telemedicine has found yet another key purpose during the coronavirus public health emergency: the prescribing of controlled substances, such as opioids.

Per new clarification from the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), healthcare professionals can now prescribe a controlled substance to a patient using telehealth technology.

This announcement comes in the wake of the public health emergency declared by HHS Secretary Alex Azar on January 31, 2020.



Published Tuesday, March 17, 2020
INTRODUCTION: Under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. These policy changes build on the regulatory flexibilities more»

Telepharmacy Essential to Mitigating COVID-19 Pandemic

Published Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Telepharmacy Essential to Mitigating COVID-19 Pandemic Adam Chesler, PharmD & Jessica Adams, PharmD | March 17, 2020 The world is facing an uncertain and disconcerting time and people will be looking to their local healthcare professionals to provide them with medicine, a reassuring smile, and maybe someone to talk to. While businesses are shutting more»

Reid Health offers free virtual COVID-19 screenings

Published Monday, March 16, 2020
Reid Health has made a free virtual COVID-19 screening available through its Reid HealthNOW urgent care app so people with concerns about the virus can make contact with health professionals from home. "This is an ideal tool for people who suspect exposure and-or have mild symptoms as a way to get medical attention without risking travel to a healthcare more»

Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19

Published Monday, March 16, 2020
JUST RELEASED: Telehealth policy changes made in the face of addressing COVID-19 have been rapidly developing and changing on an almost daily basis. The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has developed a fact sheet summarizing the developments thus far as they relate to telehealth policy on the federal and state level. Keep in mind, that this more»

Whitmer Administration Expands Telemedicine, Urges President Trump to Permit ACA Special Enrollment Period During COVID-19

Published Thursday, March 12, 2020
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her administration will expand access to telemedicine for Michiganders by immediately allowing Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home while the state combats the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, more»