COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Center for Disease Control are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with COVID-19 in China, with the virus spreading from person-to-person in many parts of that country and around the world. Infections with COVID-19 also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.

Maine hospitals are working with governmental organizations to keep abreast of the latest information about this novel virus.  This page includes resources for providers and patients. 

Reports

Resources

CMS Master Summary of Waivers

State issues blanket waiver


Personal Protective Equipment Ventilators
Listing of Documents:
EMTALA Resources
Telehealth
MaineCare Guidance Relating to Telehealth and COVID-19
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Waivers Relating to Telehealth
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services FAQ Regarding Telehealth
Governor Mills' order suspending certain healthcare licensing statutes

Anti-trust concerns
Joint Federal Trade Commission/Department of Justice anti-trust statement: The agencies will aim to respond expeditiously to all COVID-19-related requests, and to resolve those addressing public health and safety within seven calendar days of receiving all necessary information. "The Agencies will also account for exigent circumstances in evaluating efforts to address the spread of COVID-19 and its aftermath. For example, health care facilities may need to work together in providing resources and services to communities without immediate access to personal protective equipment, medical supplies, or health care."

Hospital Incident Command For System COVID-19 templates prepared by the California Hospital Association Quality Measurement
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming quality measure reporting and data submission deadlines for CMS quality reporting programs in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The following resources provide additional details about these changes:
  • Guidance Memo -Quality Reporting and Value-based Purchasing Programs: Describes the specific changes to CMS provider, hospital, and post-acute care quality reporting programs.
  • Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Factsheet: Outlines the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy and procedures for MIPS eligible clinicians affected by COVID-19.
Other resources

Events

If you were unable to attend the state's telehealth webinar, hosted by Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, senior advisor, delivery system change, with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services, and Danielle Louder, director of Northeast Telehealth Resource Center and co-director of MCD-Public Health, here are links to the recording, slides and other related resources.

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  • Northeast Telehealth Resource Center next week will start offering Telehealth Virtual Office Hours for as long as needed. Just click on one of the links below to join the session you are interested in. No need to RSVP – members of the NETRC team will be online and available to answer your questions and share resources:

    at 8 a.m.

    Call in: +1 646 558 8656 US

    Meeting ID: 869 834 403

     

    at noon

    Call in: +1 646 558 8656 US

    Meeting ID: 477 247 220
     

COVID-19: Disaster, Emergency, and Temporary Provider Privileges, a webinar hosted by the Louisiana Hospital Association. Password: bMQXGhM5
Coronavirus: Strategies and Tools to Prepare Your Organization for Emerging Infections, webinar recording from the Hospital Association of New York State

Publication

Links