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.


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 Seeks Assistance With COVID-19 Needs

Provide special assistance to private safety-net hospitals to help them serve their communities during the COVID-19 national health emergency, NASH has asked in a letter to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Charles Schumer.

In particular, NASH asked the Senate leaders to include three things in future COVID-19/stimulus legislation:

  1. Funding to ensure cash flow for hospitals that are investing heavily in anticipation of a major influx of challenging patients while foregoing revenue from elective procedures.
  2. The permanent elimination of Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) funding.
  3. Protection from any new, burdensome regulations in any legislation adopted to facilitate the fight against COVID-19.

Go here to read NASH’s letter to senators McConnell and Schumer.