Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the country.  Effective immediately, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will exercise enforcement discretion and waive penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients in good faith through everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or Skype, during the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency. For more information click here.

Telehealth Resources for Healthcare Providers

General Resources

  • Ways to Prevent Telemedicine from Becoming Lesser Medicine: Article
  • National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Center (NCCTRC): Interactive Map
  • NCCTRC: COVID-19 Telehealth: Toolkit
  • Four Tips for Integrating Telehealth into Nephrology Practices: Handout

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Medicare Telemedicine Healthcare Provider: Fact Sheet
  • Expansion of Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak: Press Release
  • CMS ESRD Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine: Toolkit
  • General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine: Toolkit
  • CMS ESRD Facilities: Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19: PDF
  • COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Healthcare Providers: PDF

ESRD Network Telehealth Toolkit

Webinars

  • National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Center (NCTRC) - Telehealth and COVID-19: Webinar Recording
  • ESRD National Coordinating Center - Pivoting to Telehealth during COVID-19: Webinar Slides

Video Library

  • The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center: Video Resources
  • Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services: Video
  • Why Using Telehealth is Important During COVID-19 (North Carolina): Video
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