Coronavirus update for Wednesday, May 13 as of 2:30 p.m.

NASH Advocacy

Following the introduction yesterday of H.B. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (“HEROES Act”), NASH wrote to congressional leaders asking them to address five issues in the next COVID-19 legislation:

  • direct an additional $100 billion to hospitals;
  • prevent finalization of the Medicaid fiscal account accountability regulation (MFAR);
  • increase the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP);
  • increase states’ Medicaid DSH allotments 2.5 percent (while also delaying Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in state Medicaid DSH allotments scheduled to take effect on December 1); and
  • reduce interest rates and lengthen the payback period for money provided to hospitals by the states through the CARES Act’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

  • The FDA has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for a commercial nurse call system for use by providers for remotely monitoring and communicating with patients on ventilators.

Government Accountability Office

Federal Funding Opportunities for Hospitals

  • NASH has prepared a document that collects and presents in one place the various new federal funding opportunities for hospitals resulting from legislation addressing the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Find that document here.

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