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Friday, March 13, 2020
Telehealth included in updated coronavirus management
Many TPA members have asked for updated information on the coronavirus (COVID-19). While we have compiled the most updated information* as possible, please note this is a progressing situation. Additional information can be found in the links below.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Oakland and Wayne Counties this week, with several more tests pending. The state activated a coronavirus information website to share updates and tips during this outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention created a special section on their website to provide updated information on the virus. There are sections relating to specific audiences (including healthcare professionals ), who is at high risk, prevention and treatment information, frequently asked questions (general public and healthcare professionals ) and more. This may be a helpful information site to share with staff and patients concerned about the virus. There is also an option to sign up for email alerts on COVID-19. Click here for a printable flyer to post in exam and waiting rooms to help 'stop the spread of germs .'

Last week, Congress passed an $8.3 billion coronavirus supplemental spending package that includes $500 million for telehealth services related to coronavirus. This allows the Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary to waive restrictions on Medicare telehealth services for the duration of the outbreak in limited instances. Medicare providers will be able to offer telehealth services to beneficiaries regardless of geography for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, enabling patients to receive services in their home. It also includes virtual visits conducted on smartphones with audio and video capabilities. However, a practitioner must have an established relationship with the patient (within past three years) or in the same practice as the provider who has that relationship. For more information, visit CMS' current emergencies website (this also includes billing and coding guidance).

*Information as of 3/12/2020.
Colorectal cancer awareness month helps educate patients
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, providing a great opportunity to talk with patients about cancer screening.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,620 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,700 deaths from the disease in Michigan this year.

The Physician Alliance created a helpful poster about colorectal cancer screening to educate patients on the importance of this screening. View the poster to download and print, or order copies via the online order form .

Colorectal cancer screening is also a HEDIS metric. This letter template can be customized to send to patients needing a colorectal cancer screening.

Resources for uninsured Michigan patients can be found here .
Secure your spot at complex care management training
Gain valuable skills and training requirements at this special education event. This course provides a framework for the complex care management role, elements of integration into the ambulatory care setting and enhancing care management skills.

Complex Care Management Training
Tuesday, April 21; 8:30am-4:30pm
Ascension Oakland Hospital Education Building, Madison Heights
 
This training meets the requirement for BCBSM provider delivered care management and Priority Health care management incentives. Space is limited (previous trainings sold out). * There is a fee for this program.
Test your practice's cyber risk exposure
Increased rules and regulations in healthcare make it critical to ensure your practice is protected in cyber security, employment practices and billing errors and omissions.

Offices are full of networks and devices that can help communicate, streamline operations and reduce costs. However, many employers don't realize the extent of their cyber risks . Even though most offices have basic safeguards in place, hackers can still target systems with social engineering schemes, data stolen from third parties and a growing list of cyber attacks. Even one cyber exposure can put f inancial information , intellectual property or strategic plans at risk . It's also critical to protect patient and employees' personal information , as a data breach can lead to damaging lawsuits and a tarnished reputation .

Click here to view a cyber risk scorecard to learn your practice's risk exposure and help make sure your practice is compliant when it comes to cyber security. 
 
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