ED MOUD Funding Available – Applications Due Dec. 16

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) is partnering with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership (MOP) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide funding and technical assistance for members to implement Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD).

The goal of the Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (ED MOUD) initiative is to increase access to evidence-based medication for opioid use disorder and support the transition to long-term office-based treatment upon discharge.

Applications for the upcoming ED MOUD funding will close on Dec. 16. Members should note there is currently legislation pending to implement an opt-out program for Michigan emergency departments (ED) to implement a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program. If passed, hospitals would be required to offer ED-MOUD services or complete a form developed by MDHHS to opt-out.

The MHA Keystone Center is also partnering with MOP to host a webinar Oct. 19 about obtaining an X-Waiver and prescribing MOUD. While this webinar will not fulfill the training requirements for X-Waivers, CME credits will be offered and will provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the process.

If you are interested in receiving future communication surrounding opioid use disorder treatment programs and initiatives, please fill out this brief survey.

Members with questions about the webinar may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Apply by Oct. 26 for Additional COVID-19 Provider Funds

The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) recently opened an application process for $25.5 billion in federal COVID-19 funding for providers. The same application process is used for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments.

The PRF Phase 4 funding is open to a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses due to the pandemic. ARP Rural funding is open to providers who serve rural beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known in Michigan as MIChild.

Additional information, including eligible provider types and application instructions, is available on the HRSA website. The agency must receive applications by Oct. 26, and members are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible. Registration for webinars featuring guidance on using the application portal are also listed online. HRSA intends to start distributing the ARP funds by late November and the PRF funds by mid-December.

Members with questions may contact Vickie Kunz or Lauren LaPine at the MHA.

FCC to Relaunch COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it voted March 30 to reopen the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a $249.95 million federal initiative that builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act enacted in March 2020. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is a reimbursement program that allows healthcare providers to receive compensation for telehealth-related expenses with appropriate invoices and documentation. The new application window for the second round of funding is expected to open within 30 days of the order, and the FCC will provide advance notification of that date.

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program was created to help healthcare providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the relaunch of the program, the FCC announced that telehealth technology is a vital component of curbing inequities in access to healthcare services and that applications will be evaluated equitably to better ensure each state and territory can be approved for funding. Round 2 funding will prioritize low-income communities, tribal communities, areas with provider shortages and projects that were not approved during the Round 1 application. The second application process will differ from the first by having an application deadline meant to ensure all applications are reviewed, rather than applications being reviewed as submitted. The first round of funding for the program was depleted in July 2020 after issuing awards to 539 applicants. Members with questions should contact Renée Smiddy at the MHA.