HHS: Telehealth Resources from the Office of Civil Rights
Last month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released two new resources for patients to increase understanding around protecting health information when receiving health care services via telehealth.
Telehealth Security and Privacy Tips for Patients includes basic tips about how to safely approach a telehealth appointment and cross-references additional resources such as HHS’ Protecting the Privacy and Security of Your Health Information when using personal devices, which highlights how HIPAA only applies to information maintained and transmitted by providers, not information stored on your own devices. The general electronic information guidance includes instructions on how to turn off access to location services and app activity tracking on patient devices as well.
Telehealth Resource for Providers about Privacy and Security references some of the resources OCR has recently put forth for providers related to telehealth and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) (see the HHS HIPAA and Telehealth website). The provider guidance document is in response to recent recommendations from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) that more education should be developed specific to helping providers explain privacy and security issues to patients. In addition, OCR reminds providers of civil rights requirements related to ensuring equally effective communication with all individuals, including those with disabilities, such as offering language assistance services and provides tips about how to do this.
CMS: Tribal Protections in Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Oversight Toolkit
As part of its commitment to advancing high-quality, person-centered care in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), CMS released the Tribal Protections in Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Oversight toolkit. The toolkit provides resources for states, managed care plans, and Indian Health Care Providers (IHCP) to maximize the benefits of Medicaid and CHIP managed care for American Indian and Alaska Native enrollees and the IHCPs consistent with the statutory and regulatory Indian managed care protections. This is part of CMS's efforts to advance health equity, expand coverage, and improve health outcomes for individuals who rely on Medicaid and CHIP.
CBO: Exploring the Effects of Medicaid During Childhood on the Economy and the Budget
A new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) examines the short- and long-term fiscal effects of Medicaid spending on children by comparing block grant proposals with continuous eligibility policies.
CMS: Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Aging Caregivers
To assist state Medicaid and partner agencies to address the needs of adults with I/DD living with and supported by aging parents and other caregivers, CMS developed resources that highlight innovative practices, person- and family-centered systems of support, and information on planning for the future. These resources also summarize state policies and practices to help to implement person-centered planning, and assess and address the needs of caregivers of adults with I/DD.
HHS: Take Action for Adolescents
HHS issued Take Action for Adolescents: A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being, a new effort to promote collaboration and spur action to improve the health and well-being of adolescents across the U.S.
Take Action for Adolescents outlines a vision, key principles, eight goals, and a set of initial action steps. It is research-based and was developed with extensive input from adult and youth allies and partners, including nationally recognized adolescent health experts. It is accompanied by a Take Action Toolkit with tips and resources to spur collaboration in states and communities.
Take Action for Adolescent’s eight goals are: 1) Eliminate disparities to advance health equity, 2) Increase youth agency and youth engagement, 3) Ensure access to safe and supportive environments, 4) Increase coordination and collaboration within and across systems, 5) Expand access to health care and human services, 6) Strengthen training and support for caring adults, 7) Improve health information and health literacy, and 8) Support, translate, and disseminate research.
The action steps are aligned with each goal and designated for policy makers, health care and human service providers and organizations, other youth-serving professionals and organizations, parents and other caregivers, and researchers.
The Office of Population Affairs’ Take Action for Adolescents webpage features resources that are easy to download and share.
CMS issues guidance on continuous eligibility for kids in Medicaid and CHIP
Per the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, all states will need to implement 12-month continuous eligibility for kids in Medicaid and CHIP by January 1, 2024. This means that kids up to age 19 who are found eligible for Medicaid or CHIP will be entitled to 12 months of coverage, even if their household income increases or they experience most other changes in circumstances. For more information, review the letter to State Health Officials or this blog from Georgetown CCF.