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March 14th COVID-19 Update

New updates pertaining to the COVID-19 emergency continue to be announced by both the state and federal government on a regular basis. The latest developments for providers of long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC) and senior services are outlined below.

As a reminder, LeadingAge NY continues to convene weekly webinars on Mondays at 11 a.m. to address emerging questions on COVID-19. A recording of our most recent webinar, held on March 13th, is available here, and a list of the items shared by LeadingAge NY staff in the webinar chat can be accessed here. If you have questions for next week’s update or would like the access information, please contact Jeff Diamond.

Cross-Sector Updates

New Post-PHE Telehealth Guidance for Medicaid Providers Released

The Department of Health (DOH) has released updated telehealth guidance for Medicaid providers to support the continued use of telehealth services once the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends on May 11th. The new guidance provides for continued coverage of telehealth services, including audio-visual telehealth consultations, teledentistry, store-and-forward technology, remote patient monitoring, virtual check-ins, virtual patient education, and audio-only services. The guidance applies only to Medicaid-covered services; it does not apply to commercial insurers or Medicare services. Noteworthy elements of the guidance for long term care providers are summarized here.