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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Thursday, April 2, 2020
4/3/2020
Deborah Brix, one of the top coronavirus response advisors to President Trump and Vice President Pence, is asking colleges and universities to develop a special type of blood test to see if healthcare workers have developed an immunity to COVID-19. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests can detect antibodies that the body naturally produce. These tests are already used to detect antibodies for other infectious diseases such as HIV.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
4/3/2020
President Trump issued a forceful warning about the danger posed by the coronavirus. His warning stated that anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 people could die from COVID-19. The White House is trying to prepare the public for more tragic news that is expected throughout April as the number of cases and deaths is expected to increase – perhaps to a peak.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Monday, March 30, 2020
3/31/2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has indeed confirmed that the House is already discussing its next major piece of legislation to help the country respond to the coronavirus public health emergency (PHE). Speaker Pelosi and other legislators from both the House and Senate are already describing what they hope to include in the “Phase IV” bill.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Friday, March 27, 2020
3/30/2020
The House of Representatives passed the “Phase III” CARES Act this afternoon by a voice vote. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tried to force a roll call vote on the bill but his effort failed.
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Summary of CARES Act Supplemental Appropriations / Summary of CARES Act Healthcare Provisions
3/28/2020
In the late hours of March 25, 2020, the Senate passed its $2 trillion “Phase III” response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the CARES Act by a vote of 96-0.
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Summary of Employee/Individual/Business provisions in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
3/27/2020
The following are brief summaries of the major Employee/Individual/Business provisions included in the CARES Act. This summary does NOT include new GRANT programs established to assist certain industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries of those initiatives will be in a separate memo.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, March 25, 2020
3/26/2020
Early this morning, Congressional and White House negotiators reached a deal to finalize its “Phase III” stimulus legislation. The final version of the bill is the product of over a week of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House. Congress has yet to release the official legislative text.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Monday, March 23, 2020
3/26/2020
Congress is still in negotiations on the Phase III stimulus bill. The Senate held procedural votes to advance the bill on Sunday and Monday. Both votes failed to advance the bill.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, March 18, 2020
3/19/2020
President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force held a press conference that announced more sweeping federal actions.
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Claims Processing Details Released for AUC Mandate – a Call to Action
3/10/2020
Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Medicare Learning Network Article (MLN Matters) detailing certain claims processing aspects of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Mandate.
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