Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
MPA Responses to COVID-19 Issues
Resources for MPA members, Students & the Public
News reports about the coronavirus, together with speculation that it could become more widespread, are making some people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety and put news reports in perspective.
Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert on public perception of risk and human judgment and decision-making, joins APA’s flagship podcast, Speaking of Psychology, to explain why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.
Optum: Check out the latest telehealth policy updates for behavioral health services, reimbursement and coding guidelines and member resources at our new COVID-19 Provider Hub on Provider Express.
To support this, consistent with an applicable Notice of Enforcement Discretion from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (Notice ), on a temporary basis, health care providers, qualified and licensed in accordance with applicable regulations, may use audio or video communications technology immediately to deliver telephonic and telehealth care to Optum Behavioral Health plan members in addition to any HIPAA-approved telehealth technology as long as this method will effectively support the behavioral health needs of the individual member. Please note this policy applies temporarily to all benefit plans to cover telehealth services and there are other potentially applicable federal and state privacy laws that could impact this temporary accommodation.
Care providers can connect to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for health professionals, as well as travel advisories from the U.S. State Department.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
On Tuesday, March 10, Michigan’s Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency as the state’s first positive cases of COVID-19 were identified. The emergency declaration enables the state to quickly deploy resources (equipment, supplies and/or personnel) to local jurisdictions to support their response efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19. The declaration places Michigan at a heightened state of preparedness for response. All Michiganders are encouraged to follow the recommendations from MDHHS and the CDC to protect themselves and slow the spread of COVID-19.
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, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, Meridian, CVS Health, McLaren, and Health Alliance Plan also announced that they will cover and encourage the use of virtual care and telemedicine, as well as waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing.
Governor Whitmer and Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox also called on the Trump administration to allow for a special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (www.healthcare.gov) to allow more Americans, including Michiganders, to sign up for coverage and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
Michigan Department of HHS
Medicaid Programs Relax Face-to-Face Requirement: MSA 20-12
MSA Bulletin 20-13; temporarily allows telephonic services associated with expanded telemedicine services in the above linked policy
Medicaid Provider COVID-19 Guidance: Numbered Letter L 20-16
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