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Free Webinar April 16: School-Based Health Centers in the Time of COVID-19

School-based health centers provide primary care, dental and behavioral health care to students nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to close which may leave students without this much needed care. The Weitzman Institute and the National School-Based Health Alliance are partnering together to bring guidance and information focusing on leadership, experience, and telehealth strategies to support a virtual school-based health center model.

Free Webinar on Thursday, April 16, 12:30-1:30pm PST (3:30-4:30pm EST)   

 

 

COVID-19 and SBHCs: Listening and Learning Sessions

Cross-posted from the national School-Based Health Alliance

COVID-19 and SBHCs: Listening and Learning Sessions: Join your school-based health care peers from across the country for virtual listening and learning sessions. We will convene these virtual sessions every other Tuesday at 10AM PST / 1PM EST from April-June 2020. It will be a forum for you to share what is happening in your area, describe innovative policies or practices that are emerging, discuss challenges, and ask questions of your peers.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5Eude6gqjwpUNX1p2s9TW9JJ2fzvMy2ow

National School-Based Health Alliance Statement on COVID-19

Cross-posted from the national School-Based Health Alliance

The [national] School-Based Health Alliance is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on school-based health centers (SBHCs) across the nation. As this situation is rapidly evolving, we advise SBHCs to seek up to date operational and communications guidance from their sponsoring agency, school district and local public health authorities.

At the national level, the Alliance is monitoring guidance from our federal partners and ensuring the critical role of SBHCs are considered as federal legislation and regulatory guidance in response to this pandemic moves forward. We are also working closely with other national partner organizations to coordinate efforts to support access to school-based health care, both in the short and long term.

While the long term response to this pandemic will be complex and multi-pronged, one immediate policy priority on which we are focused is removing barriers (both payment and operational) to high quality telemedicine services for the tens of millions of students impacted by school closures across the country. As federal and state governments take the initial steps to loosen restrictions, we are focused on providing our field and other health and education partners with appropriate guidance and best practices.

Resources:

For regularly updated information on changes to telemedicine coverage policies due to COVID-19, please visit the Center for Connected Health Policy

For current guidance on COVID-19 for schools, workplaces and community locations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Changes to Medicaid billing for telehealth in response to COVID-19

The state has made changes to Apple Health (Medicaid) billing in response to COVID-19 and the increased need for telehealth services.  Check the Health Care Authority’s (HCA’s) Information on COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information.

HCA has also obtained a limited number of Zoom licenses to distribute to providers needing access to a telemedicine platform, and the application process is now open. Read more here.