This guide will help you learn about activities underway to address COVID-19 as it impacts healthcare providers located in rural health communities. Federal and state agencies, along with national organizations are sharing resources and guidelines to help all communities and healthcare facilities, including those in rural areas, respond to this issue.
Rural health communities with limited resources can access information and guidelines regarding COVID19. The NRHA (National Rural Health Association) has dedicated a list of programs that are available for those within rural areas who are concerned about the current events associated with this pandemic:
As Federal CMS reimbursement provisions have been waived, there are still remaining questions on how to provide telehealth services according to HIPAA and additional individual state mandates. The NRHA Health Information Technology Resources provides Telehealth IT recommendations. They also provide additional information for emergency preparedness and response and links to FEMA for information on the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”).
- FEMA: COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
- FEMA: Individual Disaster Assistance
- FEMA: FAQ about FEMA Individual Assistance
The Rural Health Information Hub also provides a list of resources that include information links from the numerous federal agencies and national organizations.