The MOA will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from MDHHS, CDC, World Health Organization and local health agencies. This page will be updated as information is shared from these organizations. If you have any comments or questions for the MOA, please use the link below.  

Members of the Michigan Osteopathic Association

As information on the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) from around the world is shared, the MOA is aggregating data, announcements and changes in requirements. The MOA participates in daily meetings to study updates to the situation in Michigan and stay informed on how other states are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19. The MOA will share updates and announcements from various health organizations and state agencies and post on this page. 
 

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Cares Provider Relief Funding Opportunities 
The application deadline for the General Distribution (Phase 2): Medicaid, CHIP and Dental Providers is August 28, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $175 billion in relief funds, including to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This funding, along with additional relief funding outside of the CARES Act, supports healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 and ensures uninsured Americans can get treatment for COVID-19. This site is open to all providers who want to apply for a Provider Relief Fund payment, regardless of network affiliation or payer contract. HHS is contracting with UnitedHealth Group to facilitate delivery of the funds.

HHS plans to make publicly available the names of payment recipients and the amounts received, for all providers who attest to receipt of a payment and acceptance of the Terms and Conditions or who retain payments for more than 90 days and are deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions. By accepting funds, the recipient consents to the Department of Health and Human Services publicly disclosing the payments that recipient has received from the Relief Fund

The application deadline for the General Distribution (Phase 2): Medicaid, CHIP and Dental Providers is August 28, 2020
  • Qualified health care service and support providers now have access to relief funds for appropriate expenses, lost revenue due to COVID-19, or to help uninsured Americans get testing and treatment for COVID-19.
  • Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPCHE), the federal government has allocated $175 billion in payments to be distributed through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF).
  • These payments do not need to be repaid to the US government, assuming providers comply with the terms and conditions.
  • Note: Applications are currently open for the General Distribution (Phase 2) to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers.
  • Certain Medicare providers who experienced challenges will have a second opportunity to apply for funding from the General Distribution (Phase 1) starting the week of August 10.
  • Both groups will have until Friday, August 28, 2020 to apply.
The Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with UnitedHealth Group to administrator Provider Relief Fund payments. Therefore, some steps in the process involve existing UnitedHealth Group tools. Specifically, you'll need to set up an Optum ID in order to access the portal. The process will not involve credentialing or contracting with UnitedHealth Group, and the information you submit will be used to administer the Provider Relief Fund payment. 
 
Providers can apply through the Care Provider Relief Fund website.  https://cares.linkhealth.com/#/
Providers need to complete the following: 

1. Validate Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

This should be the organization TIN ("Filing TIN") you will use in applying for relief funds. An Organization TIN files a tax return but may not bill Medicare or Medicaid directly. The Organization TIN may have one or more subsidiaries that do not file tax returns (disregarded or consolidated entities). The Organization TIN should complete an application by listing all of the subsidiary TINs in the applicable field within the application form. TIN Validation can take 1-2 business days to process.

Important! Only one person can serve as the program administrator per TIN. This administrator accepts responsibility to act on behalf of their organization and must agree to make their name available to others within their organization. This person may reassign or transfer their administrator role to a new individual in their organization with an Optum ID at any time by calling (866) 569-3522: for TTY dial 711. New administrator processing can take 1-2 business days to complete.

2. Confirm Revenue and Tax information

You will need to provide specific revenue and tax information through the portal once TIN Validation is complete.

3. Receive and Attest to Payment

Within 90 days of receiving this payment, you must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of payment. Should you choose to reject the funds, you must also complete the attestation to indicate this. The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal will guide you through the attestation process to accept or reject the funds. Not returning the payment within 90 days of receipt will be viewed as acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.

There is an online training available that provides step by step process for how to complete the application, in reviewing the training, it seems very comprehensive and walks through each section of the application and provides details on what information is required.  https://chameleoncloud.io/review/3016-5ec704315a620/prod

There is also a link to the HHS website under Important Information that provides a wealth of information regarding the program:   https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html
To be considered eligible for funding from the General Distribution (Phase 2), Medicaid, CHIP and Dental Providers must have: Received no payment from the Phase 1 $50B general distribution; Billed Medicaid / CHIP programs or Medicaid managed care plans for health-related services between Jan.1, 2018-Dec.31, 2019; or billed a health insurance company for oral healthcare-related services as a ...
www.hhs.gov

 


COVID-19 HOTLINES
MDHHS COVID-19 Emergency Laboratory Network Emergency Hotline 888-277-9894 
Clinicians should call this number to have the patient’s symptoms and risk factors assessed against the prioritization criteria. If the patient meets criteria, MDHHS will
provide instructions for obtaining laboratory testing.

MDHHS Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Hotline: 888-535-6136 (8am- 5pm)
For general information on COVID-19 and how the state is working to lessen the risks and limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Centers for Disease Control: 800-232-4636
For general information on COVID-19 on a national and worldwide level.  


MDHHS Resources
Information For Health Care Providers, EMS Or Other Health Professionals

Testing Patients
If you have a patient that needs to be tested contact the local health department of the patient's county of residence before testing. 
Healthcare providers also have the ability to request testing from a commercial laboratory. 

Local Health Departments Interactive Map

Other links:
MDHHS Coronavirus updates: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update (CDC)
CDC FAQ'S: Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
CDC Know the Facts: Know the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of rumors (CDC)
WHO: Preventative Measure Guidance (WHO)


Governor's Office
The Governor has issued several Executive Orders pertaining to COVID-19 in the State of Michigan. Some orders have been rescinded and more are expected. For a complete and updated list of Executive Orders in Michigan click below. 

Executive Orders from the Governor's Office