Entries by Joseph Steinbock

Coronavirus Update for Wednesday, July 8

The following is the latest information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8. Department of Health and Human Services HHS has updated its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund web page to remind providers that to be considered for its next distribution of CARES Act money to Medicaid and CHIP providers, […]

NASH Asks Senate for COVID-19 Help

Private safety-net hospitals need help with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency, NASH wrote yesterday in a letter to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Charles Schumer. In its letter, NASH asked for: An additional $100 billion for hospitals. Forgiveness for money provided to hospitals through the federal CARES Act’s […]

Coronavirus Update: Thursday, July 2

The following is the latest information from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Reminder:  Submit COVID-19 Case Data Hospitals interested in obtaining supplies of the drug remdesivir from the federal government must submit data on their current COVID-19 caseloads to the federal government every two weeks.  The first reporting deadline […]

NASH Applauds HHS Movement Toward Extending Public Health Emergency

NASH has thanked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for his department’s public indication that it intends to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency. With the declaration of a public health emergency has become regulatory flexibilities that have enabled private safety-net hospitals and other providers to do a better job serving their patients and […]

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, June 30

Coronavirus update for Tuesday, June 30 as of 2:30 p.m. Department of Health and Human Services An HHS spokesperson tweeted yesterday that “@HHSGov expects to renew the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 before it expires.” HHS announced that it has entered into an agreement to secure a supply of remdesivir, a drug used to […]

Coronavirus Update for Friday, June 26

Coronavirus update for Friday, June 26 as of 3:30 p.m. Department of Health and Human Services HHS updated its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQ. The latest changes are marked “6/22/2020.”  Most refer to the planned Provider Relief Fund distribution of $15 billion to Medicaid and CHIP providers. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS […]

Private Safety-Net Hospitals Need More CARES Act Money, NASH Writes

The federal government should direct another round of CARES Act grants to safety-net hospitals, NASH wrote yesterday in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. While all recipients of the latest round of CARES Act grants benefited from those funds, NASH noted in its letter, too many private safety-net hospitals did not […]

Coronavirus Update for Monday, June 22

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 22 as of 2:30 p.m. Department of Health and Human Services HHS has added new questions and answers and modified others in its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund FAQ. Providers should review these changes carefully; they are marked 6/19/2020 and 6/21/2020. CARES Act Provider Relief Fund – Medicaid and SCHIP-Only […]

MedPAC Reports to Congress

MedPAC has submitted its annual report to Congress. The congressionally mandated report, titled Report to Congress:  Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, consists of seven chapters: Realizing the promise of value-based payment in Medicare: an agenda for change. Challenges in maintaining and increasing savings from accountable care organizations (ACOs). Replacing the Medicare Advantage quality […]

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, June 18

Coronavirus update for Thursday, June 18 as of 3:00 p.m. CARES Act Provider Relief Fund – Medicaid and SCHIP-Only Distribution Webcasts On its Provider Relief Fund web page, HHS has posted the following notice: HHS expects to distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers through the Provider Relief Fund.  Join our webcast to […]