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Policy

May 08, 2020

Caravan and Partners Ask Small Business Administration and Treasury for Access to Loans

Caravan Health continues to advocate to let rural hospitals fully participate in loan programs to help small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week we sent a letter, co-signed by 8 of our rural health system partners, urging the Treasury Secretary and SBA Administrator to change affiliate rules that keep some rural hospitals out of loan programs.

ACO, Policy

April 21, 2020

Caravan Health Advocates for Rural Hospital Access to Small Business Administration Loans

Caravan Health is urging Congress to let rural hospitals fully participate in the new Small Business Administration’s loan programs authorized in the CARES Act. Congress will have to act soon to add more funding to the popular Paycheck Protection Program, and rural hospitals should not be left out.

Policy

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 From the Frontline: Rural Leaders Share Their Experience

On April 10, 2020, a COVID-19 educational webinar hosted by Dr. Anna Loengard with Caravan Health featuring rural health leaders revealed a number of innovative strategies developed in response to the pandemic.

ACO, Policy

April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Revenue and Funding Opportunities for Rural Hospitals

On April 9, ACO experts from Caravan Health and CPAs and Business Advisors from Eide Bailly came together to discuss the recent CMS changes and how the new rules will likely affect rural health systems across the nation. CMS recognized the pandemic as an extreme circumstance and released a new set of rules and waivers that includes quality reporting and performance loss relief for MSSP ACOs.

ACO, Policy, CMS

April 09, 2020

COVID-19: Rapidly Reengineering Primary Care

As part of the ongoing COVID-19 educational webinar series, Dr. John Findley, Caravan Health Medical Director ACO Programs, hosted a webinar on April 2. A wide range of topics were covered including transitioning to team-based primary care workflows that optimize care delivery during the pandemic as providers rapidly shift to virtual care. Dr. Finley also shared tips on leveraging staff to generate revenue and preventing a second tsunami of chronic disease.

ACO, Policy

April 02, 2020

New CMS Actions to Address COVID-19 Effects on Health System

Late on Monday, March 30, with the COVID-19 crisis spreading through the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a lengthy set of policy changes to help providers better address the growing public health emergency. These new changes, issued as an interim final rule, are one in a flurry of federal actions in response to COVID-19. CMS is accepting public comments on this rule for 60 days.

ACO, News, Policy

March 31, 2020

COVID-19: The Telehealth Imperative

On March 26, Dr. Anna Loengard, Chief Medical Officer of Caravan Health hosted a video webinar to dive deeper into the use of telehealth services and appropriate billing and documentation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACO, News, Policy

March 27, 2020

Managing the COVID-19 Crisis: Stop the Risk Clock for ACOs

Health care providers nationwide are responding heroically to the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is spreading, and our providers are on the front lines managing and treating more patients each day. Caravan Health calls on CMS to assure that the Medicare Shared Savings Program will fairly account for these extraordinary circumstances.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

March 26, 2020

COVID-19: Primary Care Strategies to Support Alternative Care Delivery Methods

On March 20, Dr. Anna Loengard, Chief Medical Officer of Caravan Health hosted a video webinar and addressed the impact of COVID-19 on primary care including planning, prevention, patient management, and virtual care options.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

March 23, 2020

Rural Providers Left out of New Telehealth Expansion – Caravan Health Calls on Congress to Fix ASAP

The Medicare telehealth expansion in the recent emergency funding bill is welcome news for patients and practitioners. Remote office visits will be much more widely available for the duration of the national COVID-19 public health emergency.

News, Policy

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