The following is the latest information from federal regulators as of 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
NASH Writes to the Administration and Congress
Yesterday NASH wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma asking them to include private safety-net hospitals among the health care providers receiving funds under the second round of grants to be awarded to hospitals and health care providers under the CARES Act.
NASH also wrote yesterday to congressional leaders and key committee leaders asking them to include additional funding for hospitals and health care providers in any future COVID-19-related legislation.
Both letters are attached and will be posted on the NASH web site tomorrow
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS has issued a news release announcing that it has approved approximately $34 billion for providers through its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, which was created in the CARES Act.
Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.3 billion to 1387 health centers to help communities detect, prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19. See an interactive map that shows the centers awarded grants here.
Food and Drug Administration
- The FDA has issued a statement on the use of serology tests to use to identify individuals who have overcome COVID-19 and may have immunity to it.
- The FDA recently posted information regarding shortages of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to its drug shortages web page due to a significant surge in demand.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA has posted a notice that it is issuing a temporary rule to allocate certain scarce or threatened materials for domestic use so that these materials may not be exported from the U.S. without the agency’s explicit approval. These items include ventilators, personal protective equipment, and materials used to make personal protective equipment.
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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