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Coronavirus Update for April 22, 2020

Coronavirus update for April 22 as of 4:30 p.m.

Distribution of Additional CARES Act Funding

Today the Department of Health and Human Services announced how it will distribute the remaining $70 billion of the $100 billion designated in the CARES Act for health care providers.  See a news release describing that plan here.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS has launched a new web site to serve as a telehealth resource for health care providers and patients.  The site offers information about telemedicine, including an overview of telehealth, technology issues, COVID-19-related policy changes, and links to tools and resources for practitioners.
  • HHS and its Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have awarded nearly $165 million to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in rural communities. These investments will support 1779 small rural hospitals and provide additional funding to 14 HRSA-funded Telehealth Resource Centers to provide technical assistance on telehealth to help rural and underserved areas combat COVID-19.

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

  • Working under the aegis of the NIH, a panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians, and other experts has developed treatment guidelines for COVID-19 based on published and preliminary data and the clinical expertise of the panelists.

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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Coronavirus Update for April 21, 2020

Coronavirus update for April 21 as of 5:00 p.m.

Congress and Administration Agree on Next Aid Package

Congressional leaders and the Trump administration have agreed to provide $75 billion for hospitals as part of a $484 billion COVID-19 and economic relief package.  This $75 billion would be addition to the money from the CARES Act and would have the same parameters as the CARES Act money.

The bill also includes $25 billion to research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 tests.  Among others, this $25 billion would be distributed as follows:

  • $11 billion for states, localities, and territories to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, increase laboratory capacity, trace contacts, and support employee testing.
  • $1 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for surveillance, epidemiology, lab capacity expansion, contact tracing, public health data surveillance, and the modernization of analytics infrastructure.
  • $1.8 billion to the National Institutes of health to develop, validate, improve, and implement testing and associated technologies, accelerate research and development of point-of-care testing, and partnerships with other entities.
  • $1 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for advanced research, development, manufacture, production, and purchase of diagnostic, serologic, and other COVID-19 tests and supplies.
  • $825 million for Community Health Centers and rural health clinics.
  • Up to $1 billion to pay for testing for the uninsured.

Other major components of the bill include $310 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program and $60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief fund.

The Senate has already passed the bill and the House will vote on it on Thursday.

Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

In the wake of CMS’s announcement earlier this month that ambulatory surgery centers would temporarily be permitted to operate as hospitals to increase the capacity of the health care system during the COVID-19 emergency, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health has posted resources for use in facilitating those temporary transitions.

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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Coronavirus Update for April 16, 2020

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government and others as of 4:00 on Thursday, April 16.

Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS has updated its list of blanket waivers for health care providers. CMS updates this document regularly, with the latest update including changes in Medicare reimbursement for acute-care hospitals, long-term care hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities required by the CARES Act.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

Industry Groups

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Coronavirus Update for April 13, 2020

The following is the latest information from federal regulators and others as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13.

Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Department of Labor

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission

  • MACPAC has written to CMS administrator Seema Verma to express its concern that the manner in which CMS has chosen to distribute $30 billion of the $100 billion designated in the CARES Act for hospitals and health care providers “…does not account for the real and pressing concerns of safety-net providers that are on the frontlines of serving the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable people…” MACPAC also asks Ms. Verma to “…ensure that safety-net providers, including hospitals considered deemed disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) for the purpose of Medicaid payment…children’s hospitals, and other providers serving Medicaid and other low-income patients have access to federal funds made available through the CARES Act without delay.”  See the MACPAC letter here.

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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Coronavirus Update for April 10, 2020

The following is the latest information from federal regulators as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Federal Communications Commission (COVID-19 Telehealth Program)

Last week the FCC announced a $200 million grant program to help health care providers develop connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Today the FCC announced that it will begin accepting applications for this money on Monday, April 13.  See this FCC news release for further details on the program and the application process.

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA has issued a news release announcing that it will seek to give states the option of assuming control of federal community-based COVID-19 testing sites.

White House

President Trump has issued a memorandum on providing federal support for governors’ use of the National Guard to respond to COVID-19.  A similar order was issued earlier this week and this new order adds 13 states to the list of those previously authorized to use the National Guard in this manner, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency directed to assume 100 percent of the associated costs.  The new states are Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

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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