Coronavirus update for Thursday, April 23 as of 5:00 p.m.


The House has passed H.R. 266, the $384 billion COVID-19 relief/economic stimulus bill  that includes $75 billion for health care providers and $25 billion for testing.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Providers that received an email from CMS on Sunday night informing them that they are in a COVID-19 hotspot were directed to register their information through by noon on Saturday, April 25.  Doing so does not guarantee eligibility for a share of the $10 billion that CMS announced yesterday that it would be distributing among providers that have been hit hard by COVID-19 but failing to provide the requested information will exclude providers from eligibility.  Only providers that received the Sunday night email from CMS can submit the information to the site.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has updated itCARES Act Provider Relief Fund web page to include new information about how it intends to distribute the final $70 billion of the $100 billion designated for hospitals in the CARES Act.  It also describes its distribution methodology and timetable for distribution in this news release.
  • HHS’s Office of the Inspector General has updated its FAQ addressing the application of its administrative enforcement authority to arrangements directly connected to the COVID-19 emergency.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Food and Drug Administration


National Governors Association

The National Governors Association has published “Roadmap to Recovery:  A Public Health Guide for Governors.”  The 38-page document presents the organization’s plan for reopening states in a manner that preserves public safety and confidence.


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.