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Coronavirus Response

As many communities across the country begin the first phase of reopening, the SARS-CoV-2 (also known as COVID-19) public health emergency is shifting from an acute phase into a chronic phase. ACCC resources from the pandemic's acute phase can be found here.

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COVID-19 Webcasts

  • Deirdre Saulet, Advisory Board Company, and Amanda Henson, MSHA, MBA, FACHE, Baptist Health, share an overview of programs’ volumes in response to COVID-19, effective staffing strategies in the near- and long-term, tactics for supporting your care team, and a discussion on how to prepare for potential future ‘waves’.

  • Michelle Shiller, DO, AP/CP, MGP shares an overview of the current landscape of testing access and interpretation, guidance for establishing screening and testing protocols to fit your program. (May 22, 2020)

  • Join our panel of experts for a review of the latest COVID-19 policy updates, including regulations on telehealth flexibilities from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and efforts to expand infusion of Medicare Part B drugs in patients’ homes. (May 21, 2020)

  • Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, Medical Director, Research Integration and SCCA Network, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, shares her cancer program's recovery plans, provides guidance on operational and technological issues, and answers your questions. (May 15, 2020)

  • Shelli Laux, MBA, RHIA, CTR, CCRP, Administrative Director of Oncology Service Line, WellSpan Health, shares an overview of effective practices for virtual tumor boards, methods for ensuring attendance and participation, and insights into post-pandemic sustainability. (May 8, 2020)

  • Jenna VanGilder, MHA, RN, OCN, CENP, System Director Oncology Service Line and Palliative Care, Edward Elmhurst Health, shares best practices in treating COVID+ patients with cancer. (May 1, 2020)

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COVID-19 Podcasts

 

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: COVID-19 vs. Biocontainment
    Jun 2, 2020

    Learn how Nebraska Medical Center treats patients with cancer in the same institution where the most serious COVID-19 patients receive treatment at the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: COVID-19 & Telemedicine
    May 19, 2020

    Learn how cancer programs can quickly and securely establish telemedicine platforms to continue delivering quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: Urban Cancer Care During COVID-19
    May 12, 2020

    Discover how the coronavirus has affected cancer care in New York City, and how one health system has adapted to meet these challenges.

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: COVID-19 & Rural Cancer Care
    May 5, 2020

    We look at how rural cancer care teams are managing to provide quality care with limited resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: COVID-19 & Music Therapy
    Apr 28, 2020

    Learn how music can help relieve coronavirus-related stress for both patients and cancer program staff.

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: Drive-Thru COVID-19 Screening
    Apr 21, 2020

    Catherine Liu, MD, shares valuable advice for cancer programs looking to create protocols for drive-thru COVID-19 screening.

  • [PODCAST] Mini-Podcast: COVID-19 & Oral Oncolytics
    Apr 14, 2020

    We explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected patient access to oral oncolytics, and what cancer teams can do to help their patients.

Resources

COVID-19 information, resources, and toolkits are organized by category below. Click on the category to access quick links.

Professional Associations 

American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons COVID-19 and Surgery online resource.
ACS accreditation and verification programs grant one year extension (includes Commission on Cancer). (3/24/2020)
ACS Cancer Programs Postponement FAQs 
(3/30/2020)
ACS (April 17) guidance for preparing to resume elective surgery after COVID-19 has peaked in local area "Local Resumption of Elective Surgery Guidance."
ACS COVID-19 Registry. Learn more.

American Medical Association (AMA)

AMA COVID-19 resource center for physicians, includes:

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Pharmacists' Guide to Coronavirus. Information and resources for pharmacists and the communities they serve.
National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations COVID-19 information from states.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

ASCO COVID-19 Oncology Resource Center
ASCO Guide to Cancer Care Delivery During COVID-19 (May 19, 2020)
ASCO FAQs based on member-generated questions
Survey on COVID-19 in Oncology Registry (ASCO Registry) find links to survey study scheme, FAQs, and IRB exemption letter.

American Society of Hematology (ASH)

COVID-19 Resources for Hematologists
ASH Research Collaborative COVID-19 Registry for Hematologic Malignancy

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (AHSP)

ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center

ASHP open access to resources during COVID-19

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 

COVID-19 Information for Radiation Oncology Practices
COVID-19 Summary of Information and Recommendations
COVID-19 FAQs

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

IDSA COVID-19 Resource Center
IDSA Guidelines on the Diagnosis of COVID-19 (published 5/6/2020)
IDSA COVID-19 Guideline, Part 1: Treatment and Management
IDSA COVID-19 Guideline, Part 2: Infection Prevention

Lung Screening During COVID-19

A 24-member expert panel developed a consensus statement  that covers lung cancer screening and monitoring, evaluation, management of lung nodules,"Management of Lung Nodules and Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic: CHEST Expert Panel Report." The report was published simultaneously in CHEST, Radiology: Imaging Cancer, and the Journal of the American College of RadiologyFull text is available here.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources.

National Academy of Medicine Resources for Clinician Health & Well-Being During COVID-19

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

Resources shared by NCCN members to help providers respond to coronavirus 2019.
COVID-19 response tools from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Self-Care & Stress Management During COVID-19: Toolkit for Oncology HCPs

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

ONS information regarding COVID-19.
ASCO-ONS webinar series on Caring for People with Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic

Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)

SITC COVID-19 Resources webpage 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMMI Announces New Flexibilities & Adjustments to Oncology Care Model 

On Wednesday, June 3, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced that, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), CMMI is providing new flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Innovation Center models. The announcement included changes specifically for Oncology Care Model (OCM). Learn more.

CMS “Current Emergencies” webpage includes summary and links to  CMS COVID-19 actions and updates, such as waivers and flexibilities issued.

Quality Payment Program (QPP) COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet outlines multiple flexibilities QPP implemented by CMS in response to COVID-19.

Quality Reporting Requirements exceptions and extensions.

CMS COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit a curated set of online resources and tools to help state and local decision-makers managing healthcare workforce challenges in response to the COVID-19 emergency. 

CMS Coronavirus Stakeholder Calls (recordings and transcripts)

FDA's Emergency Use Authorizations for diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to public health emergencies is available here.

 

Medicare & Medicaid Coverage & Payment


On April 24, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PL 116-139) was signed into law. HHS announced distribution of additional funding provided by this legislation (also know as COVID 3.0) through the Provider Relief Fund. These payments do not need to be repaid.  Learn more

On April 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
announced the immediate start to distribution of $30 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. Details here

Coverage and Payment Related to COVID-19. This fact sheet explains coverage under original Medicare, also included is information on Medicare Advantage and Part D.

Coverage for COVID-19 Tests
CMS fact sheet on coverage for COVID-19 tests. 

CMS COVID-19 FAQs for Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Read the FAQs here

Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief related to COVID-19 including the toll-free hotlines available for expedited enrollment and questions related to COVID-19 enrollment requirements. 

Medicaid Coverage & Payment

CMS State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit (COVID-19 version)
policy considerations for states expanding use of telehealth. CMS general Telehealth Medicaid Guidance guidance here.

Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP CMS fact sheet.

Telehealth Coverage

HHS HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration) Telehealth website 
includes patient education on telehealth and how to use it effectively and a provider section with links to information on getting started, policy changes during COVID-19, and workflow planning.

Expansion of Telehealth

On April 29, 2020, CMS announced additional sweeping changes to further expand telehealth coverage in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Learn more.

CMS has expanded telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries under the 1135 waiver authority and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Additionally, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs. Read CMS fact sheet. Read CMS Medicare Telehealth FAQs

 
Food and Drug Administration

At-a-Glance Summary of FDA COVID-19 Response (last updated 4/14/20)

Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) coronavirus 2019 website includes FAQs on shortage of PPE.

FDA clinical trials guidance for industry, investigators and institutional review boards conducting clinical trials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
 
FDA Policy for Certain REMS Requirements During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for Industry and Health Care Professionals

Surgical Gown and Mask Conservation Strategies (letter to HCPs)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines intended for healthcare professionals, the guidelines include therapeutics currently being used for COVID-19, assessing patients for risk and illness severity, treatment considerations for critical care patients. 

Other

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources
CAPC COVID-19 Virtual Office Hours 
Virtual Office Hours are small-group consulting calls with leading subject matter experts. Experienced faculty will answer your questions on a wide variety of challenging topics.

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

JHU Coronavirus Resource Center
JHU Global COVID-19 Case Tracker map.

Patient Advocacy Organizations

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Coalition COVID-19A collaborative effort between patient advocacy organizations, patient experts, and healthcare professionals, CovidAYACancer.org shares COVID-19 related resources and information for AYA cancer patients, survivors and healthcare professionals who work with this patient population.

American Cancer Society (ACS)

Common Questions About the New Coronavirus Outbreak

Cancer Support Community (CSC)

What Cancer Patients and Survivors Need to Know About the Coronavirus.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Coronavirus Resources & What You Should Know
Helping Blood Cancer Patients Adjust to the New Normal by Gwen Nichols, MD, LLS Chief Medical Officer (3/2020)

LUNGevity

COVID-19 and Lung Cancer (information available in English and Spanish)
COVID-19 FAQs for people with lung cancer 
COVID-19 Conversations with Experts (videos)

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

NCCS/ASCO work together to answer commonly asked questions about COVID-19 for patients and survivors. Read Q & A here.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

PAF COVID Care Resource Center

Other
Commonwealth Fund information on health coverage options for laid-off workers and others  
 

Commercial Payers COVID-19 Information & Resources

Health insurers have made changes in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. 

Commonwealth Fund State Action on COVID-19 Coverage of Critical Services by Private Insurers

Find quick links to more details below.

Anthem
Anthem Coronavirus resource center
Anthem waives cost-share for COVID treatment

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Blue Cross Blue Shield Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Interactive map showing local BCBS information
BCBS press release on coverage for COVID-19 testing (3/6/20)
BCBS press release on coverage for telehealth during COVID-19 (3/19/20)

Cigna
Cigna statement waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment (3/30/20)
Cigna Coronavirus Resource Center

Humana
Humana FAQs about Coronavirus Coverage
Humana Temporarily Expands Telehealth Coverage

CVS Health/Aetna
For Aetna Providers: What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For Aetna members (consumers): What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus
CVS Health COVID-19 Resource Center
CVS Health information on what CVS Health is doing to support Aetna members Caremark clients, and CVS pharmacy customers.

UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare (3/31/20) Latest updates on COVID-19
UnitedHealthcare announced March 31 waiving member cost-sharing for treatment of COVID-19 through May 31, 2020, for its fully-insured Commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid plans. Starting March 31 until June 18, 2020, UHC will waive cost-sharing for in-network non-COVID-19 telehealth visits for its Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and fully-insured individual and Group market health plans.

UHC COVID-19 updates and resources for providers

 

Page last updated June 2, 2020