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COVID-19: Provider Relief Funding Opportunity

Sep 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Primary Care, rural health

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watch and dollarsOn September 29, HRSA announced a new funding opportunity for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will include $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for providers who serve rural Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare patients, and an additional $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4. To expedite the funding process, providers will apply for both programs in a single application and HRSA will use existing Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare claims data in calculating payments. 

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Federal Vaccine Mandates

Sep 15, 2021 2:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Primary Care, rural health centers

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The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant.  Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes effect.

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Updates from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Sep 15, 2021 10:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Medicaid Managed Care, COVID-19, Primary Care

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COVID-19 Clusters among Schools and Sports Teams

 The first weeks of school have brought more COVID cases among school children. This rapid spread can lead to quarantines when schools don’t have strong mask requirements in place. School districts should follow the CDC’s recommendation and require masks and keep other important safety measures in place as we continue battling the pandemic. 

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Provider Relief Fund Post-Payment Reporting and Audits

Sep 9, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Billing

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Provider Relief Fund (PRF) recipients who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a Payment Received Period are required to report as part of the post-payment reporting process. The reporting portal is now open. If you received payments from the fund between April and June 2020 you are required to report prior to September 30th, 2021. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine: TeenVaxFacts.com for Teens and Parents

Sep 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Vaccines

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A new COVID-19 information website, specifically for teens [ncdhhs.gov] launched this week. As COVID-19 rates are rapidly increasing across the state, particularly in young people, this is a useful tool for encouraging vaccination.

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Addressing the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Equity, Quality, and Sustainability

Sep 1, 2021 8:16:18 AM / by Practice Support Team posted in Social Determinants of Health, COVID-19, health equity, equity

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The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team is committed to promote understanding and improve the orientation of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for North Carolinians. In order to support these goals, we will share a publication on SDOH each month on our Practice Support Blog. 

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NCAHEC and UNC Prevention Research Center Vaccine Administration Grant   ​

Aug 18, 2021 12:53:28 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Grant

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Application for $5,000 grants to support Covid-19 vaccination in primary care 

NC AHEC and the UNC Prevention Research Center invite North Carolina primary care practices to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines. Practices should apply through this link: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_86Ag2KHXWGKw4qa no later than September 17, 2021 

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​COVID-19: Stay up-to-date with CDC guidance and resources  ​

Jul 29, 2021 6:00:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Vaccines

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a webpage dedicated to bringing you “What’s New & Updated”.  Content on the webpage includes significant changes such as new pages and guidance recommendations.  This webpage is one of several ways you can stay updated on the most current information around COVID-19.  You can also stay updated by signing up for email updates, syndicating available content, and subscribing to the COVID-19 RSS Feed. 

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Health care providers: Are you talking about the COVID -19 Vaccine with your adult patients?

Jul 28, 2021 4:55:58 PM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in COVID-19, Vaccines

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A study from April 2021 sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealed some startling facts about ways we are missing the mark to address vaccine hesitancy among adults aged 18-64.  

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​COVID-19 Vaccine: Update on Vaccination Counseling Code Reimbursement  ​

Jul 14, 2021 4:30:00 PM / by Practice Support Team posted in COVID-19, Vaccines

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On July 9, 2021, an addendum to COVID-19 Bulletin #168 was released in SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #170: Update on Vaccination Counseling Code Reimbursement. Read highlights below. 

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