Month: April 2020

The Effects of COVID-19 on Our Industry

It seems like right about now, just about everything in our lives has some sort of interruption–from laundromats, to restaurants, to background screening companies. We’re all feeling the effects of COVID-19. 

Typhoon Data has been making sure to stay aware of any interruptions this may cause for us and our partners. And, we’re happy to report, there aren’t many. 

What we’ve found is that many state boards are closed to the public, many others are available by appointment only, and others are processing applications from home. The effects of these closures are felt mostly by the providers trying to receive licensure. The boards understand that. That is why just about every state (with very minimal exceptions) is allowing emergency licenses to be issued with less waiting time, as well as extending expiration dates for 3-6 months. To review a full list of these waivers, please go here. In addition, the CMS has released several “blanket waivers” giving more healthcare providers the ability to treat patients to the fullest extent of their license. View more details about this blanket waiver here

All states are still having hearings and releasing actions for major issues, while allowing the smaller, non-status affecting issues (i.e., fines, citations, etc.) to wait for later. The boards are still working, but most are working on a skeleton staff, because of this, it’s harder to renew licenses in a timely manner. That’s why they are leaning on extensions of license expirations. 

More good news is that our processing times are not being affected. The boards are still releasing board actions, they are still updating licenses so we can have the most up-to-date view. Most license check sources are still available for license checks, with the exception of Puerto Rico. 

We’ll be here, continuing to keep our eyes open for interruptions in our normal work flow during this time of great distress for our country. Whether you’re on day 14 or 42 of Quarantine/Social Distancing/a brave new world, we’re with you. Reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or quandaries. We’ll be happy to hear from you. 

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CMS Updates Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

CMS announced that they will allow providers to practice across state lines, to the fullest extent of their license. 

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, CMS has relaxed it’s guidelines several times. In March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded their telehealth coverage to enable more patients to get virtual care services from their providers.

On Thursday of last week (April 9th), the CMS temporarily suspended a number of rules and regulations, making it possible for providers to practice across state lines at the top of their license. “These changes affect doctors, nurses, and other clinicians nationwide, and focus on reducing supervision and certification requirements so that practitioners can be hired quickly and perform work to the fullest extent of their licenses.”

“It’s all hands on deck during this crisis,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “All frontline medical professionals need to be able to work at the highest level they were trained for. CMS is making sure there are no regulatory obstacles to increasing the medical workforce to handle the patient surge during the COVID pandemic.”

For more information, please review this press release from CMS detailing how this may affect you, your facility, and your clients and partners.

COVID-19 Update

We have received several inquiries regarding Typhoon Data’s status given the COVID-19 pandemic. We are therefore providing this update to our partners to put them at ease and to help them understand our current mode of operation.

Typhoon Data remains fully operational. All Typhoon Data employees were relocated to work from home when Utah Governor Herbert made the recommendation weeks ago. We were able to do this in a way that did not compromise our production, quality, or security. Our business continuity plan has always included work from home provisions and policies which have been followed with great success. Additionally, our employees have been provided technologies and tools to make their remote working environment collaborative and effective.

Thankfully, Utah has not yet been hit as hard as other areas of the country. Our hearts go out to those in New York and other areas where the spread of COVID-19 has been much more severe. We have had several partners inquire if we are able to take on additional work as they have had other avenues diminish in production capacity. We do have available bandwidth to assist in these circumstances and can be contacted to discuss any special needs.

Given the need to focus on COVID-19, we are seeing (and expect to see more) boards holding off on standard meetings and procedures to allow healthcare workers flexibility to adapt to the changing demands in healthcare. We are still seeing new records come to the system each day, however, we expect that overall numbers will be smaller than usual coming from healthcare boards.

Additionally, Typhoon Data has released special temporary products and pricing to assist Healthcare organizations in qualifying providers quickly during the demand COVID-19 has created. All customer, product, and strategic plans are continuing forward. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions through your normal sales or customer service contacts.

Best Regards,
Typhoon Data Team