RURAL RESPONSES TO COVID-19

COVID-19 RURAL DIGEST

The emergence of COVID-19 has caused an almost unprecedented amount of change in the framework surrounding rural care. The CORH team is dedicated to providing regular updates on this evolving situation to healthcare leaders across the country.

As the pandemic unfolds, we foresee sending out updates twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays with new developments.

The Latest

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) has released best-practice tips and tools for creating off-site COVID-19 testing hubs. The toolkit addresses questions regarding testing among vulnerable populations, the alignment of OSCTCs with public health entities, community-based organizations, and other health systems to effectively address the testing needs, limitations, and opportunities across the population. The […]

On October 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified Congress of an extended list of telehealth services that Medicare will pay for during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

On October 1, 2020, the Trump Administration announced $20 Billion in new Phase 3 provider relief funding after collaborating with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Phase 3 General Distribution allocation allows providers who have already received Provider Relief Fund payments to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and […]

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 UPDATED: PPP Loan Clarification The Small Business Association (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a source of confusion for many hospitals. This document will serve as a guide to define what the PPP is, discuss the new FTE safe harbor, instructions on applying early for forgiveness, and includes information on current […]

COVID-19 FUNDING SOURCES IMPACTING RURAL PROVIDERS AUGUST 25, 2020 This link 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. {{ vc_btn: title=GO&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ruralcenter.org%252Fresource-library%252Fcovid-19-funding-sources-impacting-rural-providers%7C%7C%7C }}
EQUITY INITIATIVES IN RURAL HEALTH AUGUST 25, 2020 This link provides help for learning how CMS is applying a rural lens to new and ongoing activities of the Agency and informing the pathway by which CMS can achieve its rural health vision through intra-agency collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and the elevation of programs and policies that [...]

The Small Business Association (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a source of confusion for many hospitals. This document will serve as a guide to define what the PPP is, discuss the new FTE safe harbor, instructions on applying early for forgiveness, and includes information on current qualified expenditures.

CODING FOR COVID-19 DIAGNOSES Because diagnosis coding for COVID-19 is complicated, the WHO created two codes- U07.1 (COVID-19 lab-confirmed) and U07.2 (COVID-19 clinically diagnosed). However, the United States only adopted the U07.1 code since U07.2 was released later. This leaves the coding very subjective for clinically diagnosed patients. Properly documenting and coding for a patient [...]
COVID-19 RURAL DIGEST JUNE 3, 2020 Today (6/3/2020) is the last day for providers to accept terms and conditions of CARES Act Funds. All providers who automatically received an additional General Distribution payment prior to 5:00 pm, Friday, April 24th, must provide HHS with an accounting of their annual revenues by submitting tax forms or [...]
COVID-19 RURAL DIGEST MAY 27, 2020 Reminder: Providers Must Act by June 3, 2020 to Receive Additional Relief Fund General Distribution Payment Eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional. All providers who automatically received an additional General [...]
COVID-19 RURAL DIGEST MAY 20, 2020 Providers Must Act by June 3, 2020 to Receive Additional Relief Fund General Distribution Payment Eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional. All providers who automatically received an additional General Distribution [...]

COVID-19 STATS – CDC

As of April 16, 2020

605390
Confirmed Cases
14795
Confirmed Deaths

OFFICE HOURS

The Center for Optimizing Rural Health is dedicated to providing up to date information to prepare rural hospitals to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Every Wednesday the CORH team will host a panel of experts for Q&A on COVID-19 issues facing rural hospitals. Topics include: telehealth, billing and coding, regulation changes, waiver expansions, licensure regulations and more.

Join us Wednesdays at 9:00 AM CST via Zoom videoconferencing for an interactive update by a panel of experts and participant Q&A.