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COVID-19 Webcasts

  • Lori Schneider, Oncology Operations Manager, Green Bay Oncology, and Dan Sherman, MA, LPC, Financial Navigator, Mercy Health St. Mary's, share an overview of financial resources available to financially strained patients during COVID-19 (April 24, 2020)

  • Tammy Turner, Executive Director, Community Cancer Center, and Nancy Laney, President, Laney IT Consulting, discuss the most important strategies for planning, building, and implementing a telehealth program. (April 16, 2020)

  • Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC, Director, Client Services, Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies LLC discusses CMS’ changes to telehealth coding and billing in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, includes Q&A. (April 9, 2020)

  • Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, Medical Director, Research Integration and SCCA Network Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, shares her perspective and lessons learned as a medical oncologist working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. (March 27, 2020)


COVID-19 Podcasts


  • [MINI-PODCAST] Ep 15: Patient Conversations About COVID-19
    Apr 7, 2020

    Jeffrey Kendall, PsyD, LP, shares useful tips and resources for compassionate communication with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • [MINI-PODCAST] Ep 14: COVID-19 Self-Care
    Mar 31, 2020

    Krista Nelson, ACCC President 2021-22, shares self-care resources for cancer team members during the COVID-19 outbreak and guides us through a brief mindfulness exercise.


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

Professional Associations 

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

American Society of Hematology (ASH)

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (AHSP)

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Lung Screening During COVID-19

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

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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. 


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.

Page last updated May 20, 2020