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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