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Drive-thru Mobile Testing Integrated into
COVID-19 Testing Strategies, Makes Headlines

Community Health Centers continue to ramp up drive-thru COVID-19 testing operations throughout the state. Several health centers have been featured in news outlets in the past several weeks. If you have photos from your testing operations or have any news coverage, please let CHCAMS know.
North Mississippi Primary Health Care provided drive-thru testing at the Ripley Clinic (photo above) last week. WTVA - TV ran a story about the drive thru event.
Mississippi Today, a digital news outlet, published an article last week about COVID-19 testing in Mississippi and Community Health Centers were featured in the story as a health care access point. Aaron E. Henry Health Services and Mallory Community Health Center's drive-thru testing operations were also included in the story. To read the story in its entirety, click here .
Local Attorney Richard Schwartz Donates N95 Masks to Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc.
Local Attorney, Richard Schwartz, will donate 800 N95 face masks to healthcare workers of Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. The masks will be distributed among the 17 clinics that make up Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Incorporation's network of community health centers throughout the Pine Belt. (Pictured left to right, Attorney Richard Schwartz; Dr. James Griffin, Hattiesburg Family Health Center, Dr. Quenyatta Echols-Williams, Hattiesburg Family Health Center, Dr. Catherine Thomas, Hattiesburg Family Health Center, Dr. Geroldean Dyse, CEO of SEMRHI.
Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center
Celebrates Its Healthcare Heroes
During the week of May 4th through 8th, the staff at JCHC were featured in a Facebook campaign to call attention to its "Heros Work Here" initiative. In addition to this effort, JCHC distributed food boxes during the week to address the economic impact of COVID-19.
JCHC distributed 167 food boxes as part of its community outreach due to COVID-19.(photo above). Dr. Edward Moak (photo top left) provided information about COVID-19 in a recorded message on Facebook. Linda O'Quinn (left photo), Director of Nursing, showed Facebook followers the process of screening and testing for COVID-19 at the health center.
Cost-Sharing Waived for COVID-19 Related Services
In order to comply with Section 6008(b)(4) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Division of Medicaid (DOM) is suspending cost-sharing for COVID-19-related testing, treatment, and services, including vaccines, prescription medications, specialized equipment and therapies, regardless of ultimate diagnosis, starting with dates of service (DOS) on or after March 1, 2020, until the end of the COVID-19 emergency. 
Effective  May 11, 2020 , providers – whether medical or pharmacy – are prohibited from collecting copayments from Medicaid beneficiaries.
DOM is in the process of implementing claims system updates to allow the use of a copay exception code on the claim in the Medicaid beneficiary ID field indicating that the service was COVID-19 related. Once this implementation has been completed, providers must place the copay exception code “V” as a suffix to the beneficiary’s Medicaid ID number to avoid a copayment deduction from the claim’s total payment amount. 
Providers will be notified through a Late Breaking News article when the system update has been made, at which time copayments may be charged for non-COVID-19-related treatments and services.
Medical Claims (CMS-1500 and UB-40)
As part of the system update, DOM will mass adjust medical fee-for-service (FFS) claims for dates of service March 1, 2020, up to the date of the completion of the system update, reversing the copay deduction from the claim’s payment amount. Medical providers are required to refund copayments to beneficiaries who have paid a copayment from March 1, 2020, up to the date of the system update. 
After the system change, medical providers must include the “V” modifier on all COVID-19-related claims as described above and are allowed to charge copayments for non-COVID-19-related treatments and services.
Pharmacy Claims (NCPDP D.0) 
All pharmacy claims with DOS March 1, 2020, through April 2, 2020, on which a $3.00 copay was charged have already been adjusted, reflecting a $3.00 credit on remittance advice statements dated April 6 and April 13, 2020. Pharmacy providers are required to refund $3.00 copayments to beneficiaries who have already paid $3.00 copayments.
No copayments were charged on pharmacy claims for DOS April 2, 2020, through April 8, 2020. Claims after this date until the system change is implemented will show a $3.00 deduction for copayment. However, this will be credited back to pharmacies after the system change is made.
After the system change until the end of the COVID-19 emergency, Pharmacy providers should enter a “V” immediately after the beneficiary ID when:
The prescriber has indicated a diagnosis of COVID-19 on the prescription,
The prescriber notates the beneficiary may have COVID-19 illness on the prescription, or
The beneficiary states that they may have COVID-19 or are being treated for COVID-19.
Denied Telehealth Claims for Claim Exception Code 0365
DOM and Conduent are aware of the issue where Telehealth claims are denying for claim exception 0365 PROCEDURE/PLACE OF SERVICE CONFLICT. DOM implemented a system fix to correct the issue. Providers will need to resubmit claims. If you have any questions, please contact Conduent Provider and Beneficiary Services at  800-884-3222 .
As Mississippians are losing employment, Community Health Centers (CHCs) are going to see an increased demand for care. CHCs are the only providers that will care for patients - no matter one’s ability to pay.
Community Health Centers are on the front lines of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining a personalized approach to healthcare, CHCs have taken the extra steps to ensure primary care continues to be accessible by transitioning swiftly to telehealth and drive through testing centers. CHCs have and will continue to care for everyone who needs help. 
Please tell your members of Congress to pass emergency and long-term funding to stabilize this essential network of health care providers.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
1-2 p.m. CST
Call-in: 800-369-1724
Passcode: 3620392
Submit a question in advance by Friday, May 15 .
Training Opportunities
Monday, May 11, 2020
noon CST
FTCA Coverage for Virtual Services
Presented by Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Register  here.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
2 p.m. CST
Telehealth Best Practices Webinar Series  presented by BlueNovo. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health centers have had to change the way their operations are conducted which heavily influenced a rapid deployment of telemedicine and telehealth practices. The first webinar in the series, Check-in Optimization, will provide best practices and real-use cases on how the check-in process has changed and how telehealth has affected the process amidst COVID-19. Register  here .

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
3 p.m. CST
Rural Health and COVID-19
This webinar will provide an overview of the rural health-focused efforts by HHS and USDA and highlight specific tools and resources to help combat COVID-19. Featured speakers are Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, among others.
Register  here .

Friday, May 15, 2020
noon CST
Risk Management for Telehealth
This webinar is part of the  Navigating Telehealth for FQHCs During COVID-19  webinar series and can be purchased individually or as part of the series. 
Presented by Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Register  here.
Friday, May 15, 2020
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
PrEP Train-the-Trainer: PrEP Basics, Clinical Strategies and Training Your Team Webcast
Register for the event on the SE AETC website.  You will need to register for this event using Zoom as well. Therefore, after registering on the SE AETC website, please review the information under “Details” and click on the Zoom link.
Registration  here.
Thursday, May 21, 2020  
2 p.m.CST
HR Work Group webinar
Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 667 874 076
Access the Webinar  here.
Friday, May 22, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
COVID-19 Dental Clinic Reopening Listening Sessions
HRSA Regions 4, 6, and 7
(KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, NE, KS, IA, MO)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
noon CST
Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General
Register here.
Miss a CHCAMS News and T/A Training COVID-19 Response Digest? Find the archive of the digests here.
The recording of the HRSA grant writing webinar “Creating a Competitive Grant Proposal” is available here .
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Funding Opportunities
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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