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PPL 20-014: CA Telehealth Policy Relative to the 2019 – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On Monday, May 11, 2020, DHCS released PPL 20-014, titled “Telehealth Policy Relative to the 2019 -Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The PPL specifies that during this national emergency, all LEA providers may bill for covered direct medical services provided via telehealth under the LEA Billing program, with...
Can California schools put safety measures in place in time to open early? Many district leaders skeptical
CMS Has Approved California State Plan Amendment 15-021
Governor Newsom Outlines Six Key Indicators the State Will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order

News Focus: RMTS
CMS Has Approved California State Plan Amendment 15-021
On April 28, 2020, CMS released an approval document written to DHCS confirming their approval of State Plan Amendment (SPA) 15-021 with an effective date of July 15, 2020. DHCS has yet to issue a formal announcement to LEAs, however the assumption is that implementation is still on track for July 1,...
DHCS is Hosting Training Series
DHCS Releases Report with Final Results of SMAA Deferral & Backcasting Process
PPL 19-011R—Random Moment Time Survey (RMTS) Sampling Requirements—Now Available on DHCS Website

News Focus: National Matters
Disability rights groups, school administrators spar over possible changes to special education laws
“Times of crisis are not the time to roll back civil rights. It’s actually time to roll up our sleeves and do it right,” said Wendy Tucker, senior policy director of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, a national advocacy group based in New York. “When you roll back civil...
Telehealth & LEA School-Based Services, An Open Letter
California Schools Chief Recommends Schools to Prepare for Distance Learning
A Message to Our Clients, COVID-19 Response