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Contact Tracing

After weeks and months of shutting businesses and schools, communities in the United States and around the world are taking measures to open up again.

One tool is "contact tracing," a practice whereby health workers find those who have been exposed to a disease, such as COVID-19, in order to stop its spread. But COVID-19 presents some unique challenges for tracing. People without symptoms can spread it and for some, it can be deadly. Apple and Google among other tech entities are offering help that will allow people to learn, through the use of apps on their smartphones, whether they have been exposed to the coronavirus. VOA explains how that might work.

COVID-19 Reimbursement Claims

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently launched a COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal where health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing of uninsured individuals for COVID-19 or provided treatment to uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020 can request claims for reimbursement.

Providers will be reimbursed, generally at Medicare rates, subject to available funding. 

Steps will involve:

Enrolling as a provider participant
Checking patient eligibility
Submitting patient information,
Submitting claims,
Receiving payment via direct deposit
To learn more about the program, including the registration and claim submission process, go to: COVIDUninsuredClaim.HRSA.gov

In addition, Providers can access real-time technical support, as well as service and payment support, by calling the Provider Support Line at 866-569-3522. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday in your local time zone.

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

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HHS recently announced the additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs.

HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution.

Eligible providers must submit their data by July 20.

hhs.gov for more info

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