Coronavirus Update for May 18, 2020

Coronavirus update for May 18, 2020

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Weekly Stakeholder Calls

COVID-19: Office Hours Call — May 19

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm ET

Hospitals, health systems, and providers: Ask CMS questions about its temporary actions.

To Participate on May 19:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join via audio webcast
  • Or, call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 9984433

Target Audience: Physicians and other clinicians

COVID-19: Home Health and Hospice Call — May 19

Tuesdays from 3 to 3:30 pm ET

These calls provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. Leaders in the field also share best practices.  There is an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.

To Participate on May 19:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join via audio webcast
  • Or, call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 6477704

COVID-19: Nursing Home Call — May 20

Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5 pm ET

These calls provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance.  Leaders in the field also share best practices.  There is an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.

To Participate on May 20:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join via audio webcast
  • Or, call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 4879622

COVID-19: Dialysis Organization Call — May 20

Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6 pm ET

These calls provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance.  Leaders in the field also share best practices.  There is an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.

To Participate on May 20:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join via audio webcast
  • Or, call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 3287645

COVID-19: Nurses Call — May 21

Thursdays from 3 to 3:30 pm ET

These calls provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance.  Leaders in the field also share best practices.  There is an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.

To Participate on May 21:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join  via audio webcast
  • Or, call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 2874976

COVID-19: Office Hours Call — May 21

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm ET

Hospitals, health systems, and providers: Ask CMS questions about its temporary actions.

To Participate on May 21:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join via audio webcast
  • Or, call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 9984433

Target Audience: Physicians and other clinicians

COVID-19: Lessons from the Front Lines Call — May 22

Fridays from 12:30 to 2 pm ET

These weekly calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians: Share your experience, ideas, strategies, and insights related to your COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions.

To Participate on May 22:

  • Conference lines are limited but you also can join via audio webcast
  • Or, call 877-251-0301; Access Code: 6086125

To catch up on past calls, go here for transcripts and podcasts.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • ASPR TRACIE, sponsored by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to provide Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) services, has published a summary on funding for alternative care sites for helping to increase hospital surge capacity in communities overwhelmed by patients diagnosed with COVID-19.  In particular, see the charts on pages 3 and 4.
  • HHS will be distributing another large quantity of the drug remdesivir to state health departments later this week.  Those state health departments, in turn, will distribute the drug to their states’ hospitals as they believe appropriate.  This distribution is about the same size as last week’s.  Another, smaller distribution is expected next week.

Neither this week’s nor next week’s distributions require any action by hospitals; they do not have to provide any data through the COVID-19 teletracking portal.

Gilead, manufacturer of remdesivir, is expected to donate more than 300,000 additional vials to the federal government in early June.  Hospitals will be asked to input their COVID-19 data through the teletracking portal in early June as that next donation draws closer.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

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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