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June 30, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset though June 30

June 26, 2020 - CMS Releases Guidance to Hospitals on Patient Visitation

June 25, 2020 - CMS Issues Special Trends Report on Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Data During COVID-19

June 23, 2020 - HHS, Department of Labor, and Treasury Release Guidance on Health Care Coverage, COVID-19 Testing

June 23, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset

The data reflect providers that received a payment, have attested to receiving payment, and have agreed to the terms and conditions as of June 22.

June 22, 2020 - Pandemic Response Accountability Committee Issues Comprehensive Listing of COVID-19 Response Programs

June 19, 2020 - HHS Posts $10 Billion Provider Relief Fund Distribution for Safety Net Hospitals

June 18, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset

The data reflect providers that received a payment, have attested to receiving payment, and have agreed to the terms and conditions as of June 18.

June 18, 2020 - HHS Announces Webinar on Provider Relief Fund and Medicaid Distribution

The webinar, which will provide details about the application process, will be held on June 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET (register here) and again on June 25 at 2:00 pm ET (register here).

June 13, 2020 - CDC Releases Consolidated COVID-19 Testing Recommendations

June 12, 2020 - HHS Provides Summary of Provider Relief Fund Distribution

It includes a timeline and details on how funds are allocated.

June 11, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset

The data reflect providers that received a payment, have attested to receiving payment, and have agreed to the terms and conditions as of June 10.

June 9, 2020 - CMS Releases Guide for Reopening Healthcare Facilities

June 9, 2020 - HHS Provides State Breakdown of Provider Relief Fund Distribution to Skilled Nursing Facilities

June 9, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset

The data reflect providers that received a payment, have attested to receiving payment, and have agreed to the terms and conditions as of June 8.

June 9, 2020 - HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal, Payments for Safety Net Hospitals, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Providers

HHS plans to distribution $15 billion to Medicaid and CHIP providers and $10 billion to safety net hospitals. The announcement did not include state allocations.

June 5, 2020 - HRSA Announces Webinar on Federal Funding Streams Related to COVID-19

The webinar is June 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

June 5, 2020 - HHS Outlines Initiatives to Address Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Other Ethnic Minorities

June 5, 2020 - HHS Requests Information on Long-Term Monitoring of Health Care System Resilience

Comments are due July 8.

June 4, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset

The data reflect providers that received a payment, have attested to receiving payment, and have agreed to the terms and conditions as of June 3.

June 4, 2020 - CMS Releases Interim COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communications Toolkit for Health Departments

June 4, 2020 - HHS Announces New Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing

The guidance is in pursuant to the CARES Act.

June 3, 2020 -  CMS Innovation Unveils New COVID-19 Flexibilities Website

It includes a table that describes adjustments to models to address the public health emergency.

June 2, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Dataset

The data reflects the list of providers that received a payment and who have attested to receiving payment and agreed to the terms and conditions as of May 29, 2020.

May 26, 2020 - HHS OIG Releases Strategic Plan for Oversight of COVID-19 Response and Recovery

May 26, 2020 - HHS Updates State and Local Government Fact Sheet on Alternative Care Sites

May 22, 2020 - HHS Announces $500 Million Provider Relief Fund Distribution

These payments are to tribal hospitals, clinics, and urban health centers.

May 22, 2020 - HHS Announces 45-Day Provider Relief Fund Compliance Deadline Extension

Providers will now have 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept the terms and conditions.

May 22, 2020 - HHS Announces $4.9 Billion Provider Relief Fund Distribution to Nursing Facilities

The announcement details the allocation methodology but does not include awards.

May 20, 2020 - HHS Reminds Providers of June 3 Deadline for Receiving General Distribution Payments under the Provider Relief Fund

May 18, 2020 - HHS Publishes Notification of Enforcement Discretion Regarding COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Sites

May 14, 2020 - HHS OIG Updates COVID-19 FAQs

May 14, 2020 - HHS Provides States with Details for Submitting Testing Plans

The state testing plans are a requirement of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

May 14, 2020 - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund Allocations by Provider

The dataset represents the list of providers that received a payment—and agreed to the terms and conditions—from the general distribution, the rural targeted allocation, and high impact areas.

May 11, 2020 - CMS Expands Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

May 8, 2020 - HHS OIG Updates FAQs on Administrative Enforcement Authorities

May 7, 2020 - HHS Extends Certain Deadlines for Provider Relief Payments

Providers will now have 45 days, instead of 30, to attest to receipt of payments and accept terms and conditions.

May 6, 2020 - HHS Database Tracks Provider Relief Fund General Allocations by Provider

May 6, 2020 - CDC Provides Interactive Map for COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State

May 1, 2020 - HHS Releases Interim Final Rule to Provide Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to COVID-19

The interim final rule provides additional flexibilities to individuals and entities that provide services to Medicare, Medicaid, Basic Health Programs, and Exchange beneficiaries. It is not yet published in the Federal Register.

May 1, 2020 - HHS Distributes Additional Provider Relief Fund Payments

HHS provided state allocations for $12 billion in high-impact payments and $10 billion in rural payments.

May 1, 2020 - CDC Launches National Viral Genomics Consortium to Better Map Transmission

It will provide consistent, real-time sequence data to public health response teams investing cases and clusters of COVID-19.

April 30, 2020 - CMS Revises FAQs for Hospitals and Providers on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

April 30, 2020 - CMS Announces Independent Commission to Assess Nursing Home Response to COVID-19

April 27, 2020 - HRSA Provider Relief Fund - Uninsured Program Portal Now Open

Providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals can begin the reimbursement process.

April 23, 2020 - HHS Provides Hospitals with More Time to Apply for Provider Relief Funds

The new deadline for submitting information for the high-impact payment portion of the funding is April 25 at 3:00 PM ET.

April 22, 2020 - CMS Provides Additional Details on Allocation of Provider Relief Fund

April 22, 2020 - HRSA Releases Details on Portion of Provider Relief Fund for Uninsured

The information covers claims reimbursement for testing and treatment to health care providers and facilities serving the uninsured.

April 22, 2020 - HHS Launches New Toolkit to Help States Navigate Health Workforce Challenges

April 21, 2020 - HHS Secretary Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

April 21, 2020 - HHS Releases Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications

April 19, 2020 - CMS Announces New Nursing Homes COVID-19 Transparency Efforts

April 19, 2020 - CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

April 15, 2020 - HHS Extends Liability Immunity for Activities Related to Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19

April 13, 2020 - Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Provides Controlled Substance Flexibilities

DEA-registered hospitals and clinics can deliver controlled substances at nonregistered satellite locations and can distribute these substances to other dispensers beyond the standard “five percent rule.”

April 11, 2020 - Federal Departments Expand Coverage for Diagnostic Services

HHS and the departments Labor and Treasury issued guidance for private insurance to provide diagnostic testing and other related services at no cost.

April 9, 2020 - CMS Temporarily Suspends Several Rules for Healthcare Facilities to Provide Workforce Flexibility

The changes focus on reducing supervision and certification requirements to help expand staff.

April 10, 2020 - CMS Releases Initial Funds, Guidance on $100 Billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Funds

In addition to providing details on the new funding, CMS awarded $30 billion in immediate payments. Payments by state are available here.

April 3, 2020 - HHS OIG Releases Statement on Application of Certain Administrative Enforcement Authorities During Emergency

The document provides details on administrative authorities, including federal anti-kickback statutes and civil monetary penalty provisions. FAQs are available here.

March 30, 2020 - HHS OIG Releases Statement on Minimizing Burdens on Providers

March 30, 2020 - CDC Guidelines Extended

The federal government is extending its social distancing guidelines to April 30.

March 30, 2020 - CMS Announces Several Regulatory Changes for Healthcare System to Address Patient Surge

March 29, 2020 - Administration Requests Data on COVID-19 Testing from Hospitals

March 23, 2020 - HHS OIG Releases COVID-19 Fraud Alert

March 18, 2020 - CMS Updates Non-Emergent, Elective Medical Services, and Treatment Recommendations

March 17, 2020 - CDC Announces Webinar for Rural Partners

The webinar will be on Monday, March 23 at 1:00 pm EDT.

March 17, 2020 - HHS Secretary Announces Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act

The declaration by the Secretary of HHS provides liability immunity for activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19.

March 13, 2020 - CMS Announces Actions and Regulatory Flexibilities Following the President’s National Emergency Declaration

March 13, 2020 - CMS Announces Measure for Nursing Home Residents


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Updated July 1, 2020