DOH All Provider Survey Regarding Use of Telehealth; Due Tomorrow December 15

Last week, the Department of Health (DOH/the Department) announced it is conducting a survey of all Health Care Providers, including home care, to gain knowledge of providers’ experiences using telehealth during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. The Department will use the results of this survey to inform post-pandemic telehealth policy development. 

The information gathered from this survey will be shared with, and help inform the work of, the Reimagine New York Commission.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All clinicians are encouraged to respond; however, please limit to one survey response per individual clinician. The Department is interested in gathering perspectives from clinicians from the same organization, especially if they have different perspectives. Please submit your survey responses as soon as possible; the survey will close on December 15

Below are COVID-19 telehealth guidance resources issued by New York State and referenced in the survey:

Medicaid Update Special Edition: Comprehensive Telehealth Guidance 
FAQs on Medicaid Telehealth Guidance during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) State of Emergency 
Webinar: New York State Medicaid Guidance Regarding Telehealth, Including Telephonic, Services During the COVID-19 Emergency 
Department of Health Weekly Health Provider Webinars
Division of Financial Services: Information for Insurers and Providers on Coverage for Telehealth Services
Office of Mental Health: Use of Telephone and Two-Way Video Technology by OMH-Licensed, Funded or Designated Providers and Clients Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Office of Addiction Services and Supports: Telepractice FAQs
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities: Interim Guidance Regarding the Use of Telehealth/COVID-19

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Regarding Immunization

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order (EO) to authorize the New York State Department of Health and local health departments to establish and conduct programs for the immunization to prevent or minimize the spread of disease and to protect the public health;

The EO is intended to remove or minimize barriers to the voluntary vaccination of as many individuals as possible as quickly as possible against COVID-19 and influenza, by making available the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities necessary to conduct such vaccinations and facilitating the timely and accurate reporting of vaccinations;

The program will be operated under the medical supervision of licensed physicians, licensed physician assistants, or certified nurse practitioners, to utilize certain individuals or health professionals who are: (1) not currently authorized to administer vaccinations but who are licensed or certified pursuant to specific provisions of the Education Law or the Public Health Law; or (2) enrolled in an educational or training program pursuant to Education Law or Public Health Law, as specified within the Executive Order and who will be evaluated and trained as necessary, to administer COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations and is pursuant to a non-patient specific standing order and applicable guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the New York State Department of Health;

The health professionals licensed or certified under the Education Law or the Public Health Law are authorized to engage in specific scopes of practice, and this Order shall not expand the scopes of practice of these professionals to allow them routinely to administer vaccinations, but rather will allow them to vaccinate only under the extremely limited circumstances described in and for the duration of the Order.

DOH to Hold COVID Update Thursday, December 17

Join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, December 17 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers.

To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/weekly-healthcare-provider-update

Audio number and code: 844-512-2950 Access code 6641017#