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Due to COVID-19, CRH will continue working remotely until further notice.

Rural COVID-19 Updates
May 7, 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

New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
To support Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers, and their patients, Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released revisions April 30 to requirements and payments during the COVID-19 public health emergency:

  • Additional claims submission and processing instructions
  • Information on cost-sharing related to COVID-19 testing
  • Additional information on telehealth flexibilities
  • Information on provider-based RHCs exemption to the RHC payment limit

Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
These changes, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, have been informed by requests from healthcare providers as well as by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

FAQs for Lenders and Borrowers for the Paycheck Protection Program
This resource, from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), includes a recent change to the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program that may affect some North Dakota rural healthcare organizations.

Funding & Opportunities

Coronavirus Disease 2019: Training for Healthcare Professionals
Stay informed about COVID-19 through online trainings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies and federally funded partners.

Coding & Billing COVID-19 Encounters
Sponsored by the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance, this training course covers what COVID-19 is, COVID-19 and Medicare providers, and coding for circumstances related to COVID-19. Cost of the training is $15 per person, and participants will have access to the course for 90 days from their enrollment dates.


May 12, 2020
Rural Health and COVID-19 Webinar
The Rural Health Information Hub is hosting a webinar May 12 at 3:00 pm Central with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss the departments' rural health-focused efforts and to highlight tools and resources to help combat COVID-19. Hear from Deputy Secretaries Eric D. Hargan and Stephen Censky, as well as representatives of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, and USDA Rural Development.