COVID-19 Information for Providers

Last updated: 7/9/21

 

Funds received from the CARES Act are considered a source of income and should be reported on the Revenue Schedule, along with other revenue received during the period.

The expanded telehealth services are in effect statewide through at least 60 days after the FEDERAL public health emergency declaration is lifted.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Billing Frequently Asked Questions

 

Medicaid Home Visitation Guidance

 

Medicaid Flexibilities Requests in Response to COVID-19 (Updated 7/9/21)

 

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 4/2/21)

 

Iowa Medicaid COVID-19 Provider Toolkit - Printable PDF (Updated 4/15/21) 

 

Medicaid and Hawki COVID-19 Eligibility Update

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has resumed some of the Medicaid eligibility processes for many members currently enrolled in Medicaid and Hawki. DHS is using a phased approach over the next several months to resume to normal operations. Many of the regular processes had been put on hold for more than a year due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). For more details, read Informational Letter 2229-MC-FFS-CVD, or visit Resuming Normal Medicaid and Hawki Eligibility Processes.

 

COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured

If you are uninsured and wish to apply for COVID-19 Testing medical coverage, complete an Application for COVID-19 Testing Coverage (Solicitud de cobertura de la prueba para detectar el COVID-19).

Only use this application if you do not have health coverage and wish to be tested for COVID-19. The health coverage you will get if you are found eligible using this application will only pay for medical tests for COVID-19. It will not help you pay for other medical costs, including doctor visits, hospital care, or prescriptions.

To apply for full medical benefits, please visit dhsservices.iowa.gov.

The Department's COVID-19 Testing medical coverage is different from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Provider Relief Program in the following ways:

  • HRSA will reimburse for COVID-19 testing and treatment for members that are not enrolled in Medicaid, the Department's uninsured program or health insurance.
  • HRSA will also reimburse providers for treatment services while the Department's uninsured program doesn’t.  
  • Providers will be reimbursed directly at a Medicare rate.
  • Providers have to enroll with HRSA to be eligible for reimbursement.

 

Civil Money Penalties (CMP) Funding

See below for how to apply for communicative technology grants and/or grants for in-person visitation aids during COVID-19.

Provider Process for Communicative Technology Grant Applications

Read Informational Letter 2181-MC-FFS-CVD for full details. Submit an application following the steps below.

  1. Submit ONE email with ALL the following items to IMECMP@dhs.state.ia.us:

    1. Completed Application

    2. DHS Attestation

    3. Completed W-9

  2. IME will send an approval, denial or request additional information via email.

  3. Once approval is received, purchases can be made by the applicant.

  4. For reimbursement of approved expenses, submit ONE email with ALL the following items to IMECMP@dhs.state.ia.us.

    1. Copy of approval letter

    2. Summary Invoice. This should be a summary of all the receipts and be in a similar format to the application and approval letter. Click the "invoice" link for a template that can be used. Must contain at a minimum:

      1. Nursing Facility Name

      2. Address

      3. CMS Certification Number (CCN)

      4. TaxID

      5. Itemized detail of devices purchased

    3. Copy of Receipt of purchased equipment

Provider Process for In-Person Visitation Grant Applications

Read Informational Letter 2184-MC-FFS-CVD for full details. Submit an application following the steps below.

  1. Submit ONE email with ALL the following items to IMECMP@dhs.state.ia.us:

    1. Completed Application

    2. DHS Attestation

    3. Completed W-9

  2. IME will send an approval, denial or request additional information via email.

  3. Once approval is received, purchases can be made by the applicant.

  4. For reimbursement of approved expenses, submit ONE email with ALL the following items to IMECMP@dhs.state.ia.us.

    1. Copy of approval letter

    2. Summary InvoiceThis should be a summary of all the receipts and be in a similar format to the application and approval letter. Click the "invoice" link for a template that can be used. Must contain at a minimum:

      1. Nursing Facility Name

      2. Address

      3. CMS Certification Number (CCN)

      4. TaxID

      5. Itemized detail of devices purchased

    3. Copies of all receipts for visitation aid purchases, materials and labor for installation.

    4. Copy of approval email from the State Fire Marshall Division

 

Informational Letters

All COVID-19 related Informational Letters can be found on the Informational Letter webpage by doing an advanced search. Choose "COVID-19" under "Provider Topics."

 

Other Information

 

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