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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Monday, June 22, 2020
6/22/2020
Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, believes that certain temporary federal telehealth policies should be made permanent. Chairman Alexander is focused on three main changes; provider reimbursement regardless of the originating site, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth services, and providing telehealth services through common apps like FaceTime or texting.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, June 17, 2020
6/17/2020
Results from a University of Oxford study showed that Dexamethasone, a commonly used steroid, reduces death in severe COVID-19 patients by up to one third. Scientists around the world are cautiously optimistic about the study but are remaining skeptical until they can review the research data.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, June 10, 2020
6/10/2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new Provider Relief Fund distribution of $15 billion dollars to Medicaid providers who did not receive funding from the Provider Relief Fund’s General Allocation. HHS is also distributing $10 billion to safety net hospitals.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Monday, June 8, 2020
6/8/2020
The White House Coronavirus Taskforce does not see a link between an increase in Coronavirus cases and states reopening, but there are worries of a spike in COVID-19 cases related to ongoing protests in all 50 states.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, June 3, 2020
6/3/2020
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the U.S. will have at least 100 million COVID-19 vaccines before the end of the year. He also believes we will have a few hundred million more vaccines by the beginning of 2021.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Monday, June 1, 2020
6/2/2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding providers of the June 3rd deadline to submit their cost report data for the second distribution from the Provider Relief Fund’s General Allocation. HHS is distributing $20 billion under this second distribution.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Friday, May 29, 2020
5/29/2020
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new fact sheet to help state and local governments developing “alternate care sites” understand how to seek payments through CMS programs (Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP) for acute inpatient and outpatient care furnished at the site. Alternate care site is a broad term for any building or structure that is temporarily converted or newly erected for healthcare use.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Tuesday, May 26, 2020
5/27/2020
Several prominent Republicans began discussing the party’s priorities for the next COVID-19 relief bill. White House Chief Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow said President Trump might support a “back to work bonus.” This bonus could replace or supplement the temporary increase to unemployment benefits. Versions of this proposal have been introduced by Republicans in the Senate. They believe maintaining the increased unemployment benefits could incentivize unemployed people to refrain from seeking employment.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Wednesday, May 20, 2020
5/20/2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published detailed guidelines for how to reopen businesses and schools. CDC Director Robert Redfield expressed confidence that the country is ready to begin reopening.
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COVID-19 Federal Response Update – Friday, May 15, 2020
5/16/2020
The House of Representatives is voting on R. 6800, the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill introduced by House Democrats. If passed, the bill will not receive consideration in the Senate. However, it could serve as the basis for future negotiations on bipartisan legislation. The bill is not expected to receive much Republican support if any. There are also some Democrats who oppose the bill.
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