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    Medicaid Provider An​​nouncements, Orders and Guidance Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak

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    General Announcements

    National Public Health Emergency Renewed Effective July 15, 2022

    On July 15, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the renewal of the public health emergency​​ for the nineth time.​

    Physician Support Packet for COVID-19 – Published February 15, 2022

    The Maryland Medicaid Program, in collaboration with the State’s nine Medicaid managed care organizations, has developed the Physician Support Packet For COVID-19, which is a compilation of information and resources to support practices in caring for patients in today’s COVID-centric environment. The packet also provides clinicians with the opportunity to earn up to 4.5 free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Section titles, CME values, and submission deadlines are as follows:

    Title

    CME VALUE

    Evaluation Submission Deadline

    COVID-19 Therapeutics 

    1.00

    March 15, 2022

    COVID-19 AND COVID-19 Associated Questions and Answers 

    1.25

    May 15, 2022

    Primary and Preventative Care 

    1.25

    August 15, 2022

    Behavioral Health Access and Suicide Risk Populations

    0.75

    August 15, 2022

    Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Resources 

    0.25

    August 15, 2022


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    Download the Physician Support Packet For COVID-19​.

    To obtain CME credit, complete the online evaluation form at Physician Support Packet for COVID-19 Evaluation. Complete an evaluation for each title. Click submit when completed. MedChi will issue the CME certificate within 60 days of evaluation submission.

    ​Maryland State of Emergency ends on July 1, 2021; National Public Health Emergency Remains in Place.  

    In accordance with the Governor’s Order Terminating Various Emergency Orders issued on June 15, 2021, most of the guidance issued by the Maryland Department of Health in response to COVID-19 will expire on July 1, 2021, and August 15, 2021.  Documents posted on this page have been reorganized to reflect their expiration dates.  Additional guidance is included below. 

    COVID-19 Vaccinations and ImmuNet Registration

    In order for your practice to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, your practice must:

    1. Be onboarded with ImmuNet and report routine vaccinations administered.
    2. Register with the Center for Immunization through ImmuNet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    ​American Rescue Plan:  Home and Community-Based, and Behavioral Health Services

    On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP). A portion of the ARP, Section 9817, provides additional support for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) during the COVID-19 emergency. The plan gives a 10 percent enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for a one-year period from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

    ​CARES Act COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding 

    Providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis on or after February 4, 2020 can begin the process to file claims for reimbursement for testing and treating the uninsured.

    COVID-19 Federal Provider Relief Payments Available

    ​On June 9 2020, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of $15 billion in additional relief funds to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers. Funds will be available .to providers who have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation under the CARES Act.

    HHS is overseeing all provider applications and fund distributions. Providers must apply using the HHS Provider Relief Fund Portal.  More information about eligibility and the application process is available at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/general-information/index.html.

    • For updated information and data on the Provider Relief Fund, visit hhs.gov/providerrelief
    • Maryland Medicaid providers are encouraged to apply for funds as soon as possible. Additional updates will be posted when available.​

    COVID-19 MDH Orders and Guidance in Effect Until Further Notice​

    ​Secretary's Orders in Effect Until Further Notice

    Guidance in Effect Until Further Notice

    ​COVID-19 MDH Orders and Guidance No Longer Effective After August 15, 2021​

    ​Secretary's Orders No Longer Effective After August 15, 2021​

    Guidance No Longer Effective After August 15, 2021​

    Long Term Support Services

    COVID-19 MDH Orders and Guidance No Longer Effective After July 1, 2021​

    ​Secretary's Orders No Longer Effective After July 1, 2021​

    Guidance No Longer Effective After July 1, 2021​

    Long Term Support Services

    ​​​​​​Medical Benefits

    ​​Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)

    Telehealth

    COVID-19 MDH Orders and Guidance No Longer Effective Prior to July 1, 2021​

    ​Secretary's Orders No Longer Effective Prior to July 1, 2021​

    Guidance No Longer Effective Prior to July 1, 2021​