Coronavirus update for Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration
- HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, which is administering the program through which providers can be reimbursed for COVID-19-related services they provide to uninsured patients, has posted information on how to batch enter patient roster information.
- HRSA has posted a list of billing vendors and clearinghouses that have committed to submitting claims as part of the program for providers to seek payment for care provided to uninsured COVID-19 patients.
- HRSA has posted information about timing expectations for COVID-19 claims processing.
Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Civil Rights
HHS’s Office of Civil Rights has issued guidance to remind covered health care providers that HIPAA does not permit them to give media and film crews access to facilities where patients’ protected health information will be accessible without patients’ prior authorization. The guidance clarifies that masking or obscuring patients’ faces or identifying information before broadcasting a recording of a patient is not sufficient to satisfy HIPAA requirements.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The CDC has published a report, “Evidence Supporting Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 While Presymptomatic or Asymptomatic,” that supports the possibility of people who are presymptomatic or asymptomatic for COVID-19 transmitting the disease to others.
- The CDC has posted a guide on the differences between isolation and quarantine for COVID-19.
Food and Drug Administration
- The FDA has approved two generic drugs indicated to facilitate tracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation.
- The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a specific laboratory’s test for detecting COVID-19.
- The FDA has issued an EUA for a specific commercial product to be used in hospitals for remote monitoring and detection of changes in the QT interval of electrocardiograms in adult patients being treated for COVID-19.
Department of Labor
- The Labor Department has announced that Dislocated Worker Grant funding made available to states and territories to employ workers temporarily to respond to the COVID-19 emergency can be used for contact tracing. States must apply for these grants.
- The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new video and poster for employees and workers on how to properly wear and remove a respirator.
Federal Funding Opportunities for Hospitals
The National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals 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.