New COVID-19 Toolkit for Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP

Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new toolkit for states to help accelerate adoption of broader telehealth coverage policies in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit will help states identify policies that may impede the rapid deployment of telehealth when providing care. This release builds on the agency’s swift actions to ensure that Americans can access the health care services they need through electronic and virtual means, minimizing travel to healthcare facilities and supporting efforts to limit community spread of the virus.
SAE is currently assisting providers with grants and operational support in response to COVID19. To connect with our team, email or call 212.684.4480.
CDC Announces Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Funding Opportunity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention grant, a $35 million grant through the Injury Center which could support up to 10 applicants over 5 years. This funding would support implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, public health approach to suicide prevention. The award ceiling per applicant is $1 million, and applications are due by May 26, 2020.
ICYMI — SAE’s Fifth Podcast of the COVID-19 Series: “Trauma-Informed Care”
The fifth podcast of our COVID-19 series, “Trauma-Informed Care”, is available now for free listen and download! During this podcast, we speak with Lymaris Albors, the COO of Acacia Network, to discuss trauma-informed care in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with a special focus on immigrant communities.
SAE’s COVID-19 Podcast Series aims to pose thoughtful questions your practices should be thinking through, and provide short-term solutions and tools to help you accomplish your goals. Each podcast will include summaries of regulatory changes and links on SAE’s website to full text information and primary sources. They will also address self-care practices and topic-specific content.
Our goal in this series of podcasts is two-fold.
  1. We want to give you the tools and resources that will enable you to contain and gain operational control during this national crisis and its impact that this pandemic has caused on your service delivery system.
  2. We want to offer specific stabilization strategies that you can deploy not only to gain control during the crisis but also to protect, implement and sustain course corrective adaptive interventions that meet the needs of the consumers you serve and the clinical, supervisory and safety needs of your staff.
If you have any questions regarding the podcast, please email them to or call 212.684.4480, and we will attempt to answer them as soon as possible. We also encourage you to offer suggestions for future podcasts to help address your concerns during this crisis.
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CMS Announces Independent Commission to Address Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes
CMS also announced a new independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to COVID-19. The Commission will help inform efforts to safeguard the health and quality of life of vulnerable Americans as CMS continues to battle COVID-19 as well as prepare for future threats to resident safety and public health. This unprecedented effort builds on the agency’s five-part plan unveiled last April to ensure safety and quality in America’s nursing homes, as well as recent CMS efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 within these facilities.