Coronavirus Update: March 27, 2020

Coronavirus Update: March 27, 2020:  The following is the latest information from Congress, federal regulators, and others as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Congress

The House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by the Senate late Wednesday.  It now goes to the president for his signature and he has indicated he will sign it.

The Administration

President Trump

President Trump sent a letter to governors thanking them for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 emergency, outlining upcoming federal efforts, and expressing hope for the future.

Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has issued guidance for CLIA laboratories regarding the review of pathology slides, proficiency testing, alternate collection devices, and requirements for a CLIA certificate during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS has released a notice announcing that it is delaying the release of its minimum data set (MDS – 3.0 v1.18.1) for nursing home and swing bed providers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

 

NASH Asks Feds for Resources for Hospitals

Private safety-net hospitals will need federal financial support to help in the fight against COVID-19.

That was the message the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals sent in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma.

The letter explained that

Hospitals need consistent, reliable, adequate cash flow to support the challenge ahead.  Our private safety-net hospitals, and others like us, are already incurring significant costs preparing for the influx of patients to come.  Most of these hospitals have stopped performing elective surgeries and have lost an important source of revenue.  Now, they are concerned about their ability to pay their bills until the anticipated surge of patients and also concerned about the potential for delays in payments once those patients arrive.  This is revenue they need to pay their bills:  to keep the lights on, the water running, the staff paid, and the patient rooms supplied and equipped.  Hospitals need this reliable, consistent flow of money – and they need it sooner rather than later.

See NASH’s letter here.

The Latest CMS and CDC Info on COVID-19 Measures

CMS updates COVID-19 guidelines, regulations, the waiving of regulations, and more daily on the “Current Emergencies” page of the CMS website.  Find it here.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly posts COVIS-19 updates of its own.  Find them here.