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NANS COVID-19 Resource Guide for Practitioners

In these trying and uncertain times, the NANS Advocacy and Policy Committee (APC) would like to assure you that we are in this fight against COVID-19 together. As such, the APC has put together some helpful suggestions for how you can modify your practice and utilize available resources in order to protect your patients, your staff, and yourself. 

Please click here to read the APC's full letter regarding COVID-19 and how you can keep your practice safe.

HHS General Allocation Fund

Updated 4/30/2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will begin distributing the second tranche of funds from the $100 billion in funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus response. The funding will be used to support healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19. Please reference additional information from HHS regarding the distribution here.

Providers without adequate cost report data on file will need to submit their revenue information to the General Distribution Portal for additional general distribution funds.

  • Read the AMA's guidance sheet to learn what information is needed to submit to the portal.

CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

Updated 4/20/2020

Neuromodulation Device Algorithm - COVID-19

Updated 4/10/2020

A NANS task force led by Stephanie Vanterpool, MD MBA, Susan Moeschler, MD, Ellen Air, MD, Kiran Patel, MD and Salim Hayek, MD PhD organized algorithm management of current implanted neuromodulation device. With rare exception, implantation of new devices is considered elective in the current COVID19 environment. Please view the algorithm here.

Pain Management Best Practices during COVID-19

NANS is one of nine organizations that has endorsed new chronic pain best practice guidelines to assist those managing chronic pain patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines were published in Pain Medicine.
 
The guidelines offer a framework for pain practitioners and institutions to balance the conflicting goals of risk mitigation for health care providers, risk mitigation for patients, conservation of resources, and access to pain management services.

Dr. Steven P. Cohen of Johns Hopkins and Dr. Friedhelm Sandbrink of the Veterans Health Administration discussed the new COVID-19 guidelines for pain management with Johns Hopkins' Dr. Shravani Durbhakula for her web show "Pain Rounds with Dr. D." Watch here.

Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers during COVID-19 Emergency

In order to increase cash flow to providers of services and suppliers impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded their current Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. The expansion of this program is only for the duration of the public health emergency. Details on the eligibility, and the request process are outlined here. The information reflects the passage of the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136).

AMA/CDC Resources:

Telemedicine Resources

Specific Payor Policies (Includes Telehealth)

Aetna

Anthem

CarePartners of Connecticut

ConnectiCare

Cigna

  • COVID-19 Interim Billing Guidance for Providers
  • Telehealth with or without video for COVID-19 - Cigna will reimburse for code G2012
  • Telehealth with or without video for NON-COVID-19 - Cigna will reimburse for CPT code 99241 with Place of Service 11 (ICP has confirmed coding with Cigna)

Harvard Pilgrim

United/Oxford

Medicaid Policies (Publicly Available)

Medicare Policies (Publicly Available)

NANS at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019

NANS was excited to partner with the CES at the start of 2019. View our panel, moderated by NANS Secretary Steven Falowski, MD, at the Digital Health Summit. The panel discussion focused on neuromodulation and the advancements in medical technology.

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