July 23, 2020 - Two Indiana institutions are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop three new telehealth services for veterans in the state. The Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are partnering with the VA’s Quality Enhance Research Initiative (QUERI) on a program to evaluate and launch connected
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Governor Holcomb's Roadmap to Safely Reopen Indiana Updated 8/3/2020
Let’s safely open Indiana’s economy and remain vigilant about protecting our health and well-being. We start by applying all we’ve learned about taking precautions to protect ourselves and others against this virus as we build business, employee and consumer confidence. Ultimately, we will get back on track and create an even stronger Indiana.
Governor Holcomb's Roadmap to Safely Reopen Indiana: Updated 7/21/2020
- Executive Order 20-35 - BACK ON TRACK INDIANA: STAGE 4.5 (updated 7/01/20)
- Back on Track Indiana - Let’s safely open Indiana’s economy and remain vigilant about protecting our health and well-being.
- Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ (updated 5/1/20)
- Commissioner’s Order: Indiana Statewide Standing Order to Address the COVID-19 Outbreak (updated 4/30/2020)
- Essential Businesses and Operations (updated 4/20/20)
- Commissioner's Order: Concerning Relocation of LTC Facility Residents during the COVID-19 Outbreak (updates 4/14/20)
- Watch Governor Holcomb’s next COVID-19 briefing (updated 4/10/20)
- Commissioner's Order: Requirements for Reporting COVID-19 Information to the State Department of Health (updated 6/01/20)
- See Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Newsroom
- COVID-19 Resource Guide for Hoosiers Looking for Assistance (updated 3/28/2020)
- Department of Workforce Development Resource Page (updated 3/16/2020)
Due to the pandemic that is now occurring, Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is proud to release a COVID-19 Visual Communication Card for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. We feel this card will be helpful to those in the community, medical teams and staff, testing sites, etc., as well as, any agency or individual that has contact with this population. The COVID -19 Visual Communication Card could also be of benefit to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or others in the disability community, and we encourage sharing with any agencies or individuals that would benefit from this resource.
Two versions of the card are available to download below, and are also available on the Indiana Family and Social Services COVID-19, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services COVID-19 and DHHS webpages.
- COVID-19 Visual Communication Card - 8.5 x 11 for printing
- COVID-19 Visual Communication Card mobile – For use on mobile devices
Content for this card was initially developed by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Additional elements were also used with permission by the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities.
Best Ways to Prevent Getting Sick & What to Do If You Are Sick (CDC - What to Do If You Are Sick)
BT202040 – IHCP COVID-19 Response: IHCP revises home health prior authorization and telemedicine policies (posted April 8, 2020)
BT202037 – IHCP COVID-19 Response: Facility fees, modifier GT usage, and HCBS clarified for telemedicine billing (posted April 7, 2020)
BT202022 – IHCP issues telemedicine billing guidance for providers during COVID-19 outbreak (posted March 19, 2020)
BT202021 – IHCP changes pharmacy benefits and Emergency Department Autopay List in response to COVID-19 (posted March 19, 2020
Code Tables - The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) provides a number of code tables for provider reference, including:
- Codes necessary for billing and claim processing
- Codes billable for certain types of services and by certain provider types or specialties ("code sets")
- Codes related to specific coverage policies for certain members and programs
For further information and guidance related to the code tables, or for diagnosis, procedure, and billing codes other than those appearing in these tables, see the Medical Policy Manual and the IHCP Provider Reference Modules, available from the Provider Reference Materials page of this site.
March 23, 2020 The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) do to COVID-19 outbreak with Executive Order 20-05 has therefore been issued the following action item:
- Community Development Block Grant funds may be redirected to assist with COVID-19 needs based on guidance from the United States Housing and Urban Development.
- Consequently, OCRA is in the process of developing a COVID-19 Response Program using the Community Block Development grant (CDBG) funds. Program details will be announced in the near future.
- In coordination with this effort, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs will be temporarily suspending the Planning Grant and the Blight Clearance Programs. Applications that were received for both programs by March 15, 2020, will be scored; but the agency will not be accepting or scoring any future applications until further notice.
Additionally, OCRA is making the following changes for CDBG 2020 Round 1:
- The Main Street Revitalization and the Public Facilities programs are suspended;
- The Wastewater/ Drinking Water and Stormwater Improvements programs will continue to accept applications;
- The public hearing requirement is further extended to require the first public hearing be completed prior to release of funds for awarded grants. The second hearing must be completed at the time the grant draws 30 percent of grant funds;
- OCRA will accept public hearings and meetings that are conducted via non-in-person methods that meet guidance provided by the Public Access Counselor. Communities that have questions about public hearing and meeting options should contact the Public Access Counselor. (Note: Executive Order 20-04 provides communities with flexibility related to the Open Door Laws.);
- OCRA will continue to provide technical assistance to communities working on applications. Site visits will now be conducted via video conferencing; and
- Proposals for suspended programs that are currently in the system will be transferred to Round 2 of 2020.
The Stellar Communities program for 2020 will also be suspended for the year. It is critical that we uphold the integrity of the program’s planning processes and in this new environment, that could prove difficult. Stellar funds will be re-allocated for response or other related programming. Regions intending to apply for the program will be contacted by OCRA to discuss next steps. For future years, we will continue to work with our State program partners on enhancements and updates.
Please know that OCRA continues to monitor this situation daily and will update our partners and stakeholders as frequent as necessary. Please reach out to your Community Liaison or the OCRA office with any questions moving forward.
The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) posted the following important information to the provider website at in.gov/medicaid/providers on March 19, 2020 (unless alternate date is noted).