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- Newsom orders patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 test waived. California News
- CDC issued revised guidance to contain the spread of the coronavirus National News
- Medicare telehealth coverage expanded CMS News
IT specialists are working with the California Health and Human Services Agency on a website to answer the public’s questions about COVID-19 and “make sense of all the complex information that’s been presented to the public and turn it into an easier-to-consume [format],” says Angie Quirarte, California assistant secretary for digital engagement. California, Colorado and New Jersey are among the states that have established digital services often modeled on the US Digital Service, which recruited tech talent into the federal government during the launch of HealthCare.gov. To read more click here and go to California News.
On Sunday, The CDC issued revised guidance urging individuals and organizations to postpone or cancel events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks across the US in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, states began imposing restrictions on businesses and activities, and in California, people older than 65 or with chronic conditions were advised to remain at home. To read more click here and go to National News.
Today, the Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. 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 entire country. To read more click here and go to CMS News.
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