Rural COVID-19 Update
April 23, 2020
The Center for Rural Health (CRH) has created this weekly e-newsletter as well as a COVID-19 webpage to
keep people informed about what the CRH is doing to help during the pandemic.
News & Resources
North Dakota's Rural Hospitals Could See CARES
Act Dollars Administered Through UND
Senator John Hoeven announced that University of North
Dakota (UND) CRH has been
awarded more than $3 million in federal funds through the
Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA)
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. CRH will
distribute the funds to rural hospitals in the state to
help combat COVID-19.
Recruiting Health Professionals for
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is asking
for assistance in recruiting a pool of healthcare
professionals to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics and
Federally Qualified Health Centers During the COVID-19
Public Health Emergency
To support Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified
Health Centers, and their patients, Congress and the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have
made changes to requirements and payments during the
COVID-19 public health emergency. This guidance document
from CMS details the changes, including:
- New payment for telehealth services, including how to bill Medicare
- Expansion of virtual communication services
- Revision of home health agency shortage requirement for visiting nursing services
- Consent for care management and virtual communication services
- Accelerated/advance payments
340B Drug Pricing Program: COVID-19
HRSA is working to keep 340B Program participants and
stakeholders updated on the latest information regarding COVID-19.
With the growing COVID-19 concern brewing around us, the
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
(NOSORH) is providing rural-relevant resources on
coding/billing/payment, 1135 waivers, telehealth,
emergency medical services, and more. Additional updates,
resources, and information are added to the page as they
NDDoH Resources for Healthcare
The NDDoH offers a variety of COVID-19 resources for
Funding & Other Opportunities
Pilot Project Program Seeks Applications for
COVID-19-Related Pilot Grant Awards
The Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity
(DaCCoTA) Pilot Projects Program is requesting
applications for COVID-19-related Pilot Grant Awards.
Letters of intent are due May 1, 2020.
Doug Burgum's Weekday Press
The NDDoH Joint Information Center press briefing
with Governor Doug Burgum is held every weekday at
3:30 pm Central on the NDDoH's Facebook page.
Recordings of all of the briefings are available on
Facebook and on
April 23, 2020
NDAAP April 2020 Meeting
The North Dakota chapter of the American Academy of
Pediatrics (NDAAP) is hosting an April 23 Zoom
meeting, and everyone is invited to attend. Among
the topics to be discussed:
A recording of the March 2020
meeting features a North Dakota COVID-19 update
and a Q&A with Alison Hornyak, a pediatric
infectious disease and immunology specialist with
Sanford Health, and Joan Connell, field medical
officer for the NDDoH and a pediatrician at the UND
Center for Family Medicine.
- Pediatrician's Role in Preventing Child Abuse
6:00 – 6:45 pm Central
- Neonatal Considerations in the Time of
6:45 – 7:30 pm Central
April 28, 2020
Telehealth Learning and Consultation
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology
Transfer Center Telehealth Learning and
Consultation series supports behavioral health
providers who are new to telehealth. Registration
is required, but recordings of the presentations
and additional resources will be posted to the web
as they are available.
May 1, 2020
Geriatric and Age Friendly TeleECHO
COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
This Project ECHO session, presented by Dr. Donald
Jurivich, will be held May 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
North Dakota Nonprofit & Community COVID-19
This toolkit provides resources to answer the following questions:
- Where can we access funding?
- What can we do to help our friends and neighbors (and
- Who can help us?
2020 State and Local Government Responses to
A list of legislative, executive, regulatory, and local actions regarding COVID-19 by state.