Latest IDPH Updates
Health Choice Network: Loan Forgiveness for Community Health Centers
Date: July 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Central)
While organizations await new guidance related to the SBA loan programs, there are many questions that exist around PPP loan forgiveness and limitations, EIDL grants and loans, and stimulus money which need clarification. Presented by experts of Withum’s SBA Financial Assistance Services Group and Capital Link, this webinar will provide guidance on the new legislation and how to prepare your health center to maximize forgiveness.
Rebuilding Together: A Webinar Focusing on CMS Recommendations for Reopening
Presented by IPHCA Business Member Henry Schein
Date: July 8, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. (Central)
Join us with Henry Schein Medical as we discuss The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations for Reopening. Learn about specific recommendations related to workforce availability, facility considerations, supplies, sanitation and more.
Visit henryschein.com/rebuildtogether to learn more.
NACHC Reimagining Care: Ensuring Access to Coverage During a Pandemic and Beyond
Date: July 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Help Employees Repair and Reset Their Retirement Plan During COVID-19
Presented by IPHCA Business Member Nonstop Wellness
Date: July 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. (Central)
The COVID pandemic has put incredible stress on employees’ financial health, negatively impacting their mental health and well-being. Join Nonstop and Multnomah Group to discover tools and best practices to help employees repair the damage to their retirement plan in the wake of COVID.
UPDATED 06/19/2020 – IPHCA COVID-19 Testing Quick Reference Guide
This guide is a compilation of documents from various organizations that did not originate from IPHCA. We will make every effort to ensure updates to these documents are shared in a timely manner. Access the Testing Guide here.
IDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidance (updated 05/14/2020)
IDPH COVID-19 Testing Site Locations How-To Guide
IDPH Online Supply Ordering and Updated Testing Information
IDPH Testing Guide
IDPH State Lab Update 4.20.20 • Testing Capabilities
Note: Large supply orders are in route to state lab. Lab supplies are limited for the next week or two. Limit testing to around 100 per day until notified by IPHCA or state lab.
Currently testing anyone who is symptomatic.
First responders and health care workers do not need to be symptomatic, just exposed, to receive a test.
To request COVID-19 testing supplies from state lab please use this form**:
Try to order a week of supplies at a time.
Don’t wait to order supplies, order before you run out.
Use this form**to complete with each COVID-19 testing sample:
Current lab form captures only Medicaid information. State lab is not collecting other insurance information until new online form is in use (new online form should be ready in the next 2 weeks)
Samples must be received in 72 hours from time of collection.
MedSpeed Delivery is picking up all COVID-19 specimens.
Supply request and reports will be changing in a couple of weeks to an online portal.
Currently results are sent via fax. It’s important to only have one fax number on file and to always use the same fax number when submitting tests.
**These forms are subject to change. IPHCA will share updates as they become available.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
04/16/2020 IDPH Health Alert: Clarification on the Use of Imported KN95 Masks
IDPH Recommended Guidance for Extended Use of N-95 Masks, Regular Masks, and PAPRs
Checklist for Healthcare Facilities: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators During COVID-19 Response
CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
For those experiencing supply shortages, please follow the below process and use this form to submit to IPHCA’s Paula Campbell. If your local health department (LHD) has asked you to fill out a similar form, then simply send that form to Paula Campbell. It’s important that IPHCA has detailed information so we can better assist you.
- If you participate in a Regional Health Care Coalition, try making a request through your respective coalition. RHCC leads contact information and counties can be found here.
- If not available at the coalition level, make a request through your LHD.
- If the LHD doesn’t have availability, your request will be submitted in IDPH’s Inventory Management System by LHD.
- Please also submit the supply shortage form to Paula Campbell (email@example.com) so IPHCA can alert IDPH leadership. If your LHD has asked you to fill out a similar form, then simply send that form to Paula Campbell.
HFS Issues FFS and Telehealth Billing Clarification
On May 20, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services issued a provider notice clarifying billing instructions for CHCs and other providers for fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), FFS reimbursement of virtual check-in and e-visit services billable during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and telehealth services. These instructions do not apply to claims for participants covered under HealthChoice Illinois managed care plans and the Medicare/Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) plans.
Fee-For-Service (FFS) Billing: FQHCs, RHCs, and ERCs billing for FFS reimbursement of LARCs at the Practitioner Fee Schedule rate, as well as virtual check-in and e-visit services at the FFS rate indicated on the COVID-19 Virtual Healthcare Expansion Billing Codes fee schedule found on the COVID-19 Updates webpage, must adhere to the following guidelines for proper reimbursement:
- Report only the applicable CPT or HCPCS procedure code, without reporting the T1015 encounter code.
- Report one of the following taxonomy codes in billing loop 2010AA, in accordance with the Chapter 300 Taxonomy table for 837P, in order for the clinic to be correctly identified as the provider of record for FFS reimbursement: 261QF0400X (FQHC), 261QR1300X (RHC), 261QP2300X (ERC)
Additional detailed reimbursement criteria specific to FFS billing of LARCs is also found in Topic 210.5.2 of the Handbook for Providers of Encounter Clinic Services.
Telehealth Billing: The March 30, 2020 provider notice regarding telehealth expansion billing instructions incorrectly stated that medical encounter claims must include the GT modifier on only the detail code service lines. To clarify, for both medical and behavioral health encounters, the claim must include the GT modifier on all service lines, including the T1015 encounter service line as well as all detail code service lines. As a reminder, for behavioral health encounters, the behavioral health modifier must be the first modifier appended to the T1015 encounter code in order for the claim to price correctly.
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to a physician billing consultant in the Bureau of Professional and Ancillary Services at 877-782-5565.
NACHC Telehealth Guide
NACHC published a Telehealth Implementation Quick Guide. The guide includes workflow, operational, and reimbursement resources. A NACHC telehealth resource webinar featuring Jonathan Neufeld provided complimentary discussion and Q&A that will be posted here.
Sample Telehealth Consent Form and Guidance Available from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released guidance and sample forms for obtaining patient consent during telehealth visits. Healthcare providers can now access a sample telehealth consent form along with guidance on how to obtain consent for telehealth and why consent forms should be easy to understand. AHRQ notes that easy-to-understand consent forms should be used even when providers are obtaining consent from the patient verbally.
Teledentistry Billing for HFS
HFS released a provider notice clarifying the COVID-19 dental services eligible for reimbursement and the billing processes. During the COVID response reimbursement is allowed for dental evaluations that occur virtually through a combination of audio and video means. To be eligible for reimbursement of teledentistry services:
- A communication system where information exchanged between the dental provider and the patient during the course of the synchronous telehealth service is of an amount and nature that would be sufficient to meet the key components and requirements of the same service when rendered via face-to-face interaction.
Payment made by HFS for allowable encounter services will be made at the all-inclusive rate established by HFS for each encounter. HFS will allow billing an encounter rate with new or existing patients as long as the encounter is of a nature that would be sufficient to meet the key components of a face-to-face encounter. A face-to-face dental encounter is defined as face-to-face visit with a dentist or dental hygienist.
The encounter clinic must add D0999 to the first line of the claim with Place of Service of 02. See the provider notice for additional details.
HFS Virtual Billing Code Updates
HFS updated the virtual billing code listing May 21, 2020, to reflect the clarification provider notice. Please use the new listing in conjunction with the Clarification Provider notice, Dental Billing, and March 30 Provider Notice detailing the encounter billing for Medical and Behavioral services.
Medicare Telehealth Distant Site Reimbursement – CMS Guidance for FQHCS
On April 17, CMS announced its guidance for FQHCs and RHCs to receive Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services, per the provision in the CARES Act. Retroactive to January 27, 2020 and continuing for the duration of the COVID emergency, FQHCs are able to provide and be reimbursed for Medicare services as a distant site provider via telehealth. FQHCs will be reimbursed $92 for these services. FQHC practitioners can provide these services from any location, including one’s home, as long as they are working for the FQHC and can provide any telehealth service that is approved as a distant site service under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. For more specifics on the “how to,” including a list of the eligible codes and the appropriate way to code these services, please see the MLN Matters article.
These services are in addition to the recent announcement that expanded the definition of virtual communication G0071 services code to include “e-visits“ (communications initiated through an online portal) which increases the reimbursement to $24.76.
Updates to the Health Center Clearinghouse include items like the HITEQ Telehealth policy, HITEQ Using Non-Traditional Technology for Telehealth and links to NACHC Financial Office Hours. See more.
HFS has updated their telemedicine information to verify the billing process and rates for the Virtual Check-in and E-Visits, and telehealth as well as Dental Visits. Detail codes are provided along with instructions on when to bill POS 02 and modifier GT. Claim instructions are outlined in the Provider Notice. A billing detail list is available here. An accompanying FAQ is also available. HFS also confirmed that “Medical/dental/behavioral health encounters with new or existing patients using audio only telephonic equipment will be reimbursed at the medical/dental/behavioral health encounter rate so long as the encounter is of an amount and nature that would be sufficient to meet the key components of a face-to-face encounter.”
The virtual check-in codes have been changed from the original March 20 Provider Notice to now parallel the Medicare process using codes G2010 and G2012 instead of the initially announced CPT codes.
Telehealth Executive Order in Illinois – Avenues to Deliver Telehealth
On March 19, Governor Pritzker signed an executive order expanding the use of telehealth under Illinois’ Medicaid program. His order defines telehealth as inclusive of health care, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment, delivered to a patient, regardless of their location, through electronic or telephonic methods, including by phone (cellular and landline), videoconferencing, and video technology (such as FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype).
The newly defined telehealth services are required to be covered under both Medicaid and commercial insurance regulated by the State of Illinois. Insurers are prohibited from imposing treatment limitations that are more stringent than requirements applicable to services delivered in-person. Insurers may not impose cost-sharing for in-network providers. Telehealth services may be provided by any authorized in-network clinician as defined in the order, which includes but is not limited to, physicians, PAs, APRNs, psychologists, pharmacists, and mental health and substance use disorder providers. See Sec. 5 of the EO for full list. Read this updated telehealth overview for more detailed information.
DOI Released Memo Concerning Telehealth and State-Regulated Commercial Insurance
As a follow up to the Governor’s Executive Order 9, on March 25 DOI released a memo with telehealth guidance. Memo primarily provides clarification on the coverage of telehealth under various types of commercial insurance plans.
General guidance from DOI Memo on EO9: “The order requires issuers to pay costs of services that are already covered when they happen to be delivered via telehealth by a certain range of providers, but it does not require issuers to add qualitatively new benefits to their policies.”
With the signing of the U.S. $8.3 billion aid package signed on March 6, 2020, health centers should track and monitor personnel time, materials and supplies specific to the COVID-19 response. Some examples include patient triage and communications personnel, COVID-19 lab tests for the uninsured, increased personal protective equipment (PPE), HVAC negative pressure materials, and filters.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Issues Emergency Travel Order Directing Travelers from States Seeing a Surge in COVID-19 Cases to Quarantine Upon Arrival in Chicago
On July 2, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The order applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average. This order will go into effect on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., and travelers from these states are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
The Chicago Health Department is asking any who travel to other states with a new COVID-19 case rate increase past the threshold of 15 new cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average, quarantine for a period of 14 days from their last contact with the identified state, effective Monday, July 6, 2020. When the order goes into effect on July 6, travelers from the following states, including Chicago residents returning from these states, will be directed to quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Violators are subject to fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000. Exceptions to the order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care and parental shared custody, and for business travel to Chicago for essential workers. The Commissioner of Health may additionally grant exemptions based upon an organization’s or business’ testing and other control policies.
Illinois Transitions to Phase 4
Amid rising infection rates in the state and across the nation, on Friday, June 26 Illinois entered Phase 4 of its re-opening plan, relaxing restrictions on businesses and gatherings. However, continued forward progress is not guaranteed and maintaining Phase 4 or advancing to less restrictive phases of the Restore Illinois plan is dependent on a combination of metrics pertaining to infection rates and health care system capacity. Additionally, for the purposes of the plan, the state has been divided into four geographic regions. Each region’s phase in the plan is dependent on that region’s metrics.
Conflicting Court Rulings on Pritzker’s Executive Orders
Late last week, a Clay county circuit court ruled in favor of Representative Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) that all executive orders issued by the Governor since early April are void. However, this comes at the same time as a federal court sided with the Governor in a lawsuit brought by the Illinois Republican Party that sought to turnover executive orders that prohibit the party from meeting in large crowds.
It is not yet clear as to how the conflicting court rulings will impact the Governor’s authority to impose the executive orders, statewide and in certain areas, such as Clay County. While the Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul, reviews the rulings and decides upon the next course of action, Governor Pritzker has continued to urge Illinoisans, business, and municipalities to continue abiding by the social distancing measures that have been in place.
Chicago Launches Mobile Testing in Disproportionately Impacted Communities
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot this week launched a COVID-19 mobile testing pilot program to further the City’s mission of reaching residents in communities that are experiencing a disproportionate impact from the COVID-19 virus. Each mobile testing site has the capacity to test up to 500 persons per day and has the flexibility to travel, allowing testing to be directed toward communities most impacted by the virus.
Mobile testing sites will be working in close partnership with community organizations in order to best ensure the needs of local residents are being prioritized. The City will review the success of the pilot based on key metrics of percent positivity and testing volume to determine how to best expand the mobile testing offerings throughout Chicago, which will be done in coordination with outreach from Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and the City’s Racial Equity Rapid Response (RERR) team.
All tests at the city testing sites are free and all people regardless of citizenship status can be tested. You can find the mobile testing schedule or register to get tested at chi.gov/covidtesting.
Governor Extends Telehealth Provisions Through July
Governor Pritzker has issued an executive order extending telehealth flexibilities through July 26, 2020.
The Governor’s EO is broad, in that it provides for telehealth expansion throughout the health care system and builds upon flexibilities provided by federal action – e.g., the use of non-HIPAA compliant technologies. Whereas, the administrative rules filed by HFS on April 3 are specific to the Medicaid program. HFS filed both emergency and proposed rules. The emergency rules ensure that the telehealth changes made under the Medicaid program will remain in effect at least until September. The proposed rules, if approved by the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR), will allow for those changes to remain in place until at least the end of the public health crisis.
State lawmakers have indicated an intention to convene stakeholder meetings over the summer to explore the future of telehealth which was not addressed in the FY21 budget implementation bill (BIMP). IPHCA is working with our partners at the national and federal levels to advocate for continued telehealth expansion to meet the needs of our members and your patients through the end of this crisis and beyond.
HFS Issues FAQ on Protections Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Following the Trump Administration’s recent repeal of anti-discrimination health care protections, Governor Pritzker’s Administration is re-iterating protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity codified in state law. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has issued this notice as a reminder that per the Illinois Human Rights Act medical providers are required to provide health care services and supplies to individuals regardless of sexual orientation, actual or perceived, or gender identity.
FUNDING – HOUSING, FOOD, & SOCIAL SUPPORTS
IPHCA Partners with City of Chicago to Provide Free Resources to Health Care Workers and First Responders:
IPHCA is partnering with the City of Chicago to provide free resources to health care workers and first responders amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
These free resources and supports are intended to mitigate the level of stress and anxiety that Chicago health care workers, first responders, and their families may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the website to learn more.
Governor Issues Executive Order 20, Relaxing Requirements for Applications for Public Assistance
EO20 eases signature and attestation requirements for the submission of applications for public assistance during the crisis.
Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
Information on offering and accessing emergency child care is being housed on the Governor’s Office for Early Childhood Development (GOECD) website. Resources include provider directory and information on licensing and other regulatory issues.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL):
Illinois WARN Act:
The Illinois WARN Act requires employers with 75 or more full-time employees to give workers and state and local government officials 60 days advance notice of a site closing or mass layoff.
Exemptions can be requested through the Department of Labor and will be granted on a case by case basis:
HFS Announces Advance Payments to CHCs:
HFS issued a provider notice announcing the option of short-term advance Medicaid payments for CHCs struggling with cash flow.
Medicaid Disenrollment Suspended:
As a part of the conditions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act allowing states to receive increased FMAP, states must suspend disenrollment from Medicaid during the duration of the crisis. More details are available here.
Illinois applied for federal approval of an 1115 Medicaid Waiver (proposal, fact sheet) aimed at mitigating the impact and spread of COVID-10, streamlining Medicaid application process, and preserve access to coverage and thus care. Proposal was still pending as of April 17, 2020.
Illinois’ partially approved 1135 Medicaid waiver suspends prior authorization requirements, relaxes provider enrollment requirements, and permits additional flexibility for service delivery alternative site among other provisions.
HFS Issues Provider Notice Expanding Prior Authorization Suspension:
HFS’ notice informs providers of temporary changes in prior authorization requirements
HFS Pharmacy COVID-19 Updates:
HFS released a Provider Notice detailing the pharmacy measures in place due to the COVID-19 waiver including relaxation of refill too soon, allowing 90 day insulin refills, relaxing the three brand limit and OPR Medicaid provider editing. See the Provider Notice for details.
Reporting Emerging Hotspots
HRSA is asking health centers to notify the Illinois PCA if you observe an increase in positive COVID-19 test results by county or other local public health jurisdiction. Please submit your information regarding increases in positive COVID-19 test results to Paula Campbell, IPHCA Associate Director of Health Equity + EP Response, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HRSA also encourages health centers to include this information in your response to question 16 of the weekly survey: Please identify (by county or other local public health jurisdictions) and discuss emerging hot spots (i.e., significant increases in positive COVID‐19 tests).
If you need help completing the survey, check out HRSA’s COVID-19 Data Collection Survey Tool User Guide.
Trump Administration to End Support for Drive-Through Testing Sites
In spite of the rising number of cases across several parts of the nation, the federal government is ending its support for 13 drive-thru testing sites on June 30, urging states to take over operations. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that they need the employees running the centers to help fight other aspects of the pandemic. Azar said they deployed staff to underserved areas to operate federally run testing centers at the beginning of the pandemic to “get things started.”
Governor Pritzker followed with an announcement that Illinois would take over two federal COVID-19 testing sites that the Trump administration plans to no longer support. The Harwood Heights and Peoria sites are among 13 sites in five states with funding that will expire at the end of the month.
CDC Health Advisory: Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers
Most commercially available alcohol-based hand sanitizers or rubs (ABHSR) contain either ethanol or isopropanol as active ingredients. On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by “Eskbiochem SA de CV” in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol, a “toxic alcohol”, as an active ingredient, which can cause blindness and/or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed. Since then, FDA has identified additional ABHSR products that contain methanol and is working with manufacturers and distributors on a voluntary recall of these products.
CDC Health Advisory
House to Advance Infrastructure Bill Containing $10B for CHCs
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill which includes funding for health center infrastructure projects totaling $10 billion over the course of the next five years. The bill is expected to pass in the House before the July 4th holiday, but there is not currently any expectation of a vote in the Republican-led Senate. Finally, while House and Senate leadership continue to discuss the possibility of an additional COVID-19 response bill, it is anticipated that no movement will be made until after the Senate recess at the end of July.
HHS Delays July 10 Deadline for First Quarterly Report on Provider Relief Funds
Last month, HHS announced that providers who received more than $150,000 from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) would be required to submit a quarterly progress report, starting with a report due on July 10, 2020, covering the period from March through June. Earlier this month, HHS quietly issued an FAQ delaying the July 10 deadline indefinitely. While the progress reports on PRF funding will be due at some point, no additional information is available at this time on either due dates or reports contents.
NACHC and Capital Link Advocate for Expanded Access to Low-Interest COVID Loans
The Federal Reserve issued a proposal to offer low-interest, federally-supported loans to nonprofit organizations for COVID-19 relief. Unfortunately, the proposed eligibility requirements – such as having at least 90 days cash on hand at the time of application – signify that almost no FQHCs would be eligible for these “Main Street Loans.” Our national affiliate, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), worked with Capital Link to submit comments to the Federal Reserve to expand the eligibility criteria so that the majority of FQHCs would qualify.
Considerations for Health Center Scope of Project and COVID-19
HRSA has consolidated existing information about scope of project as it relates to the COVID-19 public health emergency onto a single webpage. It does not include any new guidance. Instead, it provides a single place for resources about scope of project and COVID-19.
As a reminder, they continually update our COVID-19 FAQ webpage and our page for coronavirus-related funding FAQs. Our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage now includes links to Provider Relief Fund FAQs/resources.
Visit their Technical Assistance Calendar for upcoming sessions related to COVID-19 and other important topics.
NACHC Urges Secretary Azar to Extend Public Health Emergency Declaration, Related Flexibilities
Our trade association, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), has sent a letter to US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar encouraging the Department to extend the Public Health Emergency in advance of its upcoming expiration date of July 25, 2020. From NACHC’s letter, “The pandemic continues to affect communities across the country, and, without an extension of the emergency, health centers’ patients risk even more serious illness, delayed care, and worsening chronic conditions. Further, the role that each health center plays as an integral component of a system of care will likely place an added strain on hospitals around the country.”
HRSA Updates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
HRSA recently updated some questions on our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage, including:
Will HRSA continue to review and approve new look-alike initial designation (LAL ID) applications during the COVID-19 public health emergency?
Will future Service Area Competition funding be tied to achievement of patient targets?
There are more FAQs on their coronavirus-related funding FAQ webpage, and resources and links on our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage.
Resources for Supporting Immigrant Communities During COVID-19
Quick Reference Guide – general overview of federal public programs to support individuals and families during COVID-19 crisis, including public charge clarifications.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) Policy Brief – info on COVID-19 relief package’s impact on low-income immigrants and recommendations for strengthening future relief bills.
Recent rules relative to public charge are being relaxed in an effort to ensure everyone has access to health care resources that will prevent further disease spread. Click here to read a recent FAQ developed by NACHC.
Sick Leave & Family Leave
US DOL Emergency Leave Programs – FAQ
US Department of Labor (US DOL) issued an FAQ for the Emergency Sick Leave and Emergency Family Leave programs established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers:
The Nation’s Doctor to America: #COVIDStopsWithMe
In this PSA, Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., reminds everyone to do their part to stay healthy by following a few simple instructions that will in turn, help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Follow federal, state and local guidelines;
- Take extra precautions if you are at higher risk for severe illness;
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and
- Stay six feet away from others when you can, and wear a face covering in public when you cannot social distance.
These steps are critical for everyone to take, because although everyone is not at equal risk for a severe case of COVID-19, everyone risks being infected with the virus that causes the disease and then spreading it to others.
CDC Patient Education Updates
For the latest CDC updates regarding Patient Education, click here.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
IDPH Releases Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public
Shriver Center COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families
IDPH COVID-19 Social Distancing graphic
HFS Issues Provider Notice on Temporary Dental Prior Approval Requirements Related to COVID-19
This notice informs dental providers of a temporary change in prior authorization requirements due to the current public health emergency. The information applies to prior authorization requests for participants covered under fee-for-service, HealthChoice Illinois managed care plans and the Medicare/Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) plans.
Prior approval authorizations ending prior to June 1, 2020 for all dental procedure codes requiring prior approval will be automatically extended for an additional six (6) months. Additional supporting documentation for the prior approval extension is not required.
The Department’s goal is to allow flexibility and accommodate all approval requests so that a participant’s access to care is not impacted. This change is temporary to control issues that arise with our participant population due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Other potential changes may be implemented at the Administration’s directive.
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the Bureau of Professional and Ancillary Services at 877-782-5565, your DentaQuest provider representative or the appropriate Health Choice Illinois or Medicare/Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) plan.
05/21/2020 Revised Interim Guidance: Provision of Routine Oral and Dental Care
FTLF COVID-19 Dental Reopening Memo and FTCA Resources
IDHS/SUPR Virtual Support Group for Frontline Human Services Workers
As the impact of COVID-19 increases, frontline staff working in inpatient, outpatient, congregate care and community-based settings may experience emotional challenges at higher rates. This is because they must balance caring for others with concerns about their own health and well-being and that of their family and friends.
Recognizing the crisis, IDHS/SUPR and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) have partnered with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) to offer a free virtual support group for frontline workers in human services who face challenges related to working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frontline staff can register now to attend the first information session on July 15, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. (Central).
More Information – Smart Alert Volume XIV Issue I- IDHS-SUPR Virtual Support Group for Frontline Human Services Workers
IDHS/SUPR Smart Alert: Telehealth Training Opportunity
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) encourages organizations to use telehealth to provide treatment and DUI intervention services during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help navigate through current telehealth regulation and guidance, IDHS/SUPR has developed a training that summarizes how telehealth can be best utilized at your organization.
COVID-19 Impact on Behavioral Health
Presented by the National Council in Partnership with McKinsey & Company
McKinsey recently presented results of a study on COVID-19 and Behavioral Health. We are pleased to share with you the full slide deck from McKinsey. We present you these results to help you anticipate employee and patient need, as well as inform budget projections going forward.
SAMHSA Training & Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19 (Updated 07/02/2020)
SAMHSA COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance
COVID-19 IDHS SUPR OTPs FAQ
IDPH Interim Guidance: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Pediatric Focused Resources
Severe Pediatric COVID-19 Presenting with Respiratory Failure and Severe Thrombocytopenia
Early Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 Infection Manifesting with Hypoxemia Requiring Respiratory Support
A Case Series of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in 3 Febrile Infants in New York
Coinfection and Other Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 in Children
IDPH 07/01/2020 COVID-19 Situational Update Recording Now Available
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Workplace Safety Guidelines
For the latest CDC updates regarding COVID-19, click here.
CDC: Latest Information for Healthcare Professionals
CDC: What’s New
CDC Print Resources
Updated CDC Print Resources
Special Population Guidance:
Chicago Department of Public Health Guidance:
COVID-19: Guidance for Homeless Shelters
Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
Health Center COVID-19 Networking Group:
NACHC has launched a Community Health Center Networking Group via the online platform Noddlepod which:
- Consolidates the broad range of information on COVID-19 from many different sources (e.g., BPHC, CMS, NACHC, ECRI) in a single location where you can quickly find information on a specific topic.
- Enables members to share information and questions quickly.
- To access this Noddlepod site, e-mail email@example.com.
The NACHC FAQ includes updates on resources, clinical protocols, and steps for temporary sites in emergency situations. Please review these temporary sites in emergency situation provisions to see if your health center is impacted since BPHC must be notified within 15 days of beginning emergency operations.
Insight for Employers: Employer FAQs for COVID-19:
Hinshaw & Culbertson prepared an FAQ designed to address some common questions employers have on responding to employment-related issues due to the coronavirus.